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MINUTES 

OB* THE 

TRUSTEES 

OF THE 

Internal Improvement 
Fund 

State of Florida 



VOLUME XVIII 



From January 1, 1929 to December 31, 1930. 

Published Under Authority of Trustees Internal 
Improvement Fund. 

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TALLAHASSEE. FLORIDA 
1931 



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TRUSTEES' MINUTES FOR 1929 



Tallahassee, Florida, January 1, 1929 

The Trustees Internal Improvement Fund met on this 
date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trusteed of December 18th and 19 th, 
1928, presented and approved. 



Dr. H. L. Cone of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, submitted 
a bid of $40.00 an acre for 1000 acres of land in Pelican 
Bay, but stated he would like to have an opportunity to 
look at the land. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, to 
accompany Dr. Cone on an investigation of the property, 
and advised that upon report action would be taken on 
his bid. 



Letter was presented from L. L. Stuckey in which was 
enclosed a check for $500.00 as evidence of good faith that 
he will bid not less than $50.00 per acre for 100 acres of 
land in the North end of Pelican Lake. 

After discussion it was ordered that the $500.00 check 
be returned to Mr. Stuckey with information that the Trus- 
tees contemplate having survey made of Pelican Lake to 
establish the meander line of the lake, and for that reason 
his offer was being rejected. 

The land department was directed to return check to 
Mr. Stuckey and advise him and Southern Sugar Company 
that no bids would be accepted until such survey was com- 
pleted, at which time, however, they would entertain offers 
for the land. 



The Trustees ordered that a survey be made of Pelican 
Lake to establish the meander line. 



Messrs. W. R. Hooker and I. W. West,, purchasers of 
lands in Section 24, Township 43 South, Range 36 East, 
between Chosen and Southbay — Entry Not 16806, 16807, 
16808 and 16809, requested adjustment on their purchase. 

The trustees agreed to allow Messrs. Hooker and West 
to retain that portion of land paid for and re-convey the 
balance to the Trustees, provided all taxes' had been paid, 
including the year 1929 and abstract of title furnished. 



Letter was presented from Mr. H. M. Burton, request- 
ing adjustment on his purchase in 1919-Entry No, 16826. 

The Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Burton to retain the 
portion^of land paid for, re-convey the balance and pay all 
taxes thereon, including 1929 ; also furnish abstract of title. 
The Land Department was directed to so advise Mr. Bur- 
ton. 



L, E. Brown, colored, who purchased 9,89 acres of land 
in Township 43, Range 36, at $200.00 an acre, asked for 
an extension on his payments. 

The Trustees agreed to extend his payments a year and 
directed Mr. Bichardson, Land Agent, to make investiga- 
tion of the supposed sentiment in that- seetion against 
Brown. 



A letter from Mr. Ira Rigdon, President of Hardee Cfiun- 
ty Bank, requested the Trustees to allow him to re-convey 
land covered by Entry No. 17200 and X7201 and apply 
same as a credit on his entry No. 17181, thereby securing 
satisfaction of mortgage against the said fcntry No. 17181. 

It was ordered that the request of Mr. Rigdon be granted 
and the Land Department was directed to so advise him. 



Letter from Mr. Geo. Q. Brooks, Jr., of Key West, Flor- 
ida, representing Mr. D. Z. Filer, requested the Trustees 
to make some adjustment on Mr. Filer's Entry No. 17,566. 

The Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Filer 1 to retain the por- 
tion of land paid for and re,-convey the balance with taxes 
paid through the year 1929 and furnish abstract of title. 
The Land Department was directed to so 1 advise MrJJfooks. 

Application of Mr. John C. Blocker, Attorney* for the 
Board of County Commissioners of Pinellas County, made 
for the purchase of a strip of land 34 feet wide in Section 






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34, Township 28 South, Range 16 East, to widen the high- 
way near Safety Harbor, was considered. 

The Trustees agreed to sell the land to the Board of 
County Commissioners of Pinellas County for the nominal 
consideration of $5.00 provided Pinellas County will pay 
the cost of advertising. The Land Department was directed 
to so advise Mr, Blocker. 



Report of Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel for the Trustees, rela- 
tive to hills of the City of Jacksonville and the Counties of 
Jefferson and Leon, presented to the Trustees by Capt. J. 
Stuart Lewis on December 16, 1928, was read and ordered 
filed. 

The Trustees agreed to pay the principal amounts of 
these bills, less the 25% deposited in the Permanent School 
Fund, provided the City of Jacksonville and the Counties 
of Jefferson and Leon furnish receipt in full satisfaction 
of all claims against the Trustees under said Chapter 6972, 
Acts of 1915 and Chapter 3474, Acts of 1883. Capt. Lewis 
was advised of this action and he asked to be given a few 
days to confer with his clients. Request was granted. 



Approved bills of the Board of Fire Control, amounting 
to $3,590.48 were presented, passed on by the Trustees 
and ordered transmitted to the Comptroller for warrants 
to be drawn against the Fire Tax Fund. 



Fire taxes on lands of the Trustees in Glades County 
were ordered paid, upon statement of account. Cheek to be 
made to W. V. Knott and credited on account of J. P. 
Moore, Tax Collector of Glades County. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, 

Secretary. 



ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller-Acting Chairman. 



Tallahassee, Florida, January 15, 1929. 
10 o'Cloek A. M. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the offiee of the Governor at the Capitol. 



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Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis. Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of December 31st, 1928 and Jan- 
uary 1st, 1929, presented and - ap proTcd r^^ 

This being the first meeting of the Trustees under the 
new Administration, the folio-wing Resolution was present- 
ed: 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS. This being the first meeting since the 
change of administration for the Trustees to organize ; and 

WHEREAS, Hon. John W. Martin, the retiring Gover- 
nor having been Chairman of the Trustees; Now therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Trustee* of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida organize by 
selecting Hon. Doyle E. Carlton, the present Chief Execu- 
tive and a member of this body, to serve as Chairman of 
the Trustees for the ensuing four years ; amd 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That at any meeting 
of the Trustees held in the absence of the Governor, the 
Member next in order as designated by the Act creating 
the Trustees, shall automatically act as Chairman of said 
meeting, thus obviating the necessity of selecting a Chair- 
man pro tern at each meeting at which the Chairman may 
not be present. 

Upon motion the Resolution was unanimously adopted. 



Mr. S. W. Bollinger of Pahokee made an offer of $50.00 
per acre for 80 acres of land in the ~Ey 2 of NW*4 of Sec- 
tion 25, Township 42 South, Range 36 East. 

Mr. Amos moved that the land be sold to Mr. Bollinger 
at the price of $50.00 per acre cash. Motion seconded and 
upon vote adopted. 



Mr, H. E. Kimball of Miami requested the Trustees to 
make an adjustment on his purchase of 240 acres of land 
in Section 34, Township 51 South, Range 41 East, on which 
he has paid $7,200 cash and is unable to meet the payment 
of $2,400, balance due on the land. 



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The Trustees agreed to deed Mr. Kimball land equal to 
his payment and allow him to re-deed the balance free of 
all encumbrances. 



McGowan-Foshee Lumber Company made an offer of 
$12.00 per acre cash for the NW^4 of SW14 of Section 12, 
Township 33 South, Range 21 East — 40 acres, in Manatee 
County. 

Mr. Amos moved that action be deferred until Mr. Rich- 
ardson, Land Agent made an investigation and reported 
to the Trustees. Seconded and upon vote adopted. The 
Land Department was directed to advise McGowan-Foshee 
Company of this action. 

Mr. William G. Blanchard of Miami, who purchased 
80 acres of land in Tracts 14 and 15, Section 32, Township 
50 South, Range 41 East, Broward County, making a cash 
payment of $1200.00. requested the Trustees to refund 
him the amount paid as he was unable to carry out his 
transaction. 

Mr. Knott moved that the matter be held in abeyance 
pending investigation and report 3 from the Land Agent. 
Seconded and adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. James 
A. Dew of Three Pines, Texas, requesting the Trustees 
to allow him to retain 10 acres of the 33.4 acres in Lot 1, 
Section 11, Township 44 South, Range 36 East, for the 
cash payment of $1377.00 made in 1922. Mr. Dew having 
made no further payment on principal or interest since 
that date. 

Motion was made, seconded and adopted that the matter 
be deferred and Mr. Richardson directed to make investi- 
gation and report as to 1 the relative value of the portion 
to be deeded to the Trustees with that to be retained by 
Mr. Dew. 

A letter was presented from Mr. Alvin E. Schlechter of 
High Point N. C. , whose father, E. E. Schlechter, deceased, 
purchased 9.77 acres of land in Section 13, Township 43 
South. Range 36 East, at $150.00 per acre, paying cash 
$375.00 and notes and mortgage for the balance, in which 
he asked what disposition the Trustees would make of this 
transaction as his father was drowned during the Septem- 
ber storm and he was unable to make the payments. 



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The Trustees directed the Land Department to advise 
Mr. Alvin E. Sehleehter that they would extend the pay- 
ments and interest for one year and during 1 that time he 
might be able to dispose of the land or make other arrange- 
ments. 

In 1924 Mr. J. M. Griffin agreed to purchase land from 
the Trustees, the taxes thereon to be paid by the State 
until deed issued. It has been shown that Mr. Griffin paid 
$266.75 in taxes on this land prior to issuance of deed to 
him in 1926. He now requests the Trustees; to reimburse 
him for these taxes. 

Mr. Amos moved that check be issued to Mr. Griffin 
covering amount expended by him in payment of taxes 
on the land prior to deed. Seconded and adopted. 



Mr. Mayo reported to the Trustees that Col. L. D. Reagin 
of Sarasota had called on him and presented, the matter of 
purchase by Mr. W. B. Harvard of land in Sarasota Coun- 
ty, which Mr. Harvard was unable to pay for, and request- 
ed that one-half the cash payment be refunded Mr. Harv- 
ard. 

Mr. Amos moved that the request be declined as taxes 
had lapsed for several years and under existing conditions 
the Trustees were not in position to make the refund. Sec- 
onded by Mr. Knott and upon 'vote adopted. The Land 
Department was directed to so advise Mr, Harvard. 



November 13, 1928, Mr. E. P. Green and associates offer- 
ed $50.00 for 6 acres of land adjacent to their holdings in 
Manatee County, which offer was accepted by the Trustees. 
Description of land furnished by Mr. Green subsequent 
to the November meeting contains approximately 40 acres, 
instead of 6 acres. 

Upon motion of Mrj. Davis, duly seconded and adopted, 
the Trustees ordered that the matter be referred to Mr. 
Mcintosh, Counsel, and the Land Department for report. 



Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, presented matter of Sand 
Lease to Mr. Thos, H. Horobin of Miami, add the Trustees 
ordered that the Lease be in conformity with other Sand 
Leases, except as to price. 



Land in Pinellas County advertised for sale on this date, 
upon application of Mr. P. F. Fusselman for his client 



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James T. McLean, was considered and no objections being 
presented or filed, the sale was made to Mr, McLean at 
a price of $100.00 per acre. The Land Department was 
directed to issue deed. 



Volusia County Land advertised for sale on this date, 
upon application of Gardiner & Brass, for, their client Effie 
B, Wilder, was brought up and objections from the City 
of Holly Hill Presented. 

Upon motion duly seconded and adopted, it was ordered 
that the sale be deferred pending investigation and report 
from the Land Agent. The Secretary was directed to 
furnish copy of objections to Messrs. Gardiner & Brass. 



The Secretary presented form of oil lease to J. B, Dill, 
which was to be executed upon payment of taxes due on 
the lands covered by lease. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Lease be executed by the Trus- 
tees and forwarded to the Miami Bank with draft attached 
in the amount of taxes, to be delivered upon payment of 
draft. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 
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Petroleum oil lease advertised to be heard on this date 
was ordered held over until the next meeting of the Trus- 
tees, pending disposition of suit filed in Dade County, and; 
also objections to the lease. It was ordered that Judge' 
Atkinson of Miami be notified of this action by the Trus- 
tees. 

The Secretary' presented the matter of delinquent Drain- 
age tax certificates sold to the Trustees, it being necessary 
that they be taken up at this time. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees issue checks in the 
amount of $229,667.42 to the Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District in payment of the delinquent 
drainage tax certificates. Seconded by Mr. Knott and 
upon vote adopted. 



Fire taxes on lands of the Trustees Internal Improve- 
ment fund were ordered paid and amount sufficient to 
reimburse the Trustees for loan to the Board of Fire Con- 
trol was ordered credited to the Trustees. 



The Secretary presented Budget of the Board of Fire 
Control for the year 1929 for approval by the Trustees. 



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Upon motion of Mr. Davis, seconded and adopted, it 
was ordered that the matter be held over to Ihe next meet- 
ing of the Trustees. 



Sheriff 0. E. Hobbs of Panama City, Florida, applied 
to purchase the turpentine and timber rights on 80.08 acres 
of land in Section 4, Township 2, Range 14, and 40.08 acres 
in Section 12, Township 2, Range 15 — Bay County. 

Mr. Amos moved that a five year lease be sold to Mr. 
Hobbs for turpentine and timber rights on the above de- 
scribed land at a price of $500.00. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 

Mr. Hobbs agreed to pay this price for the lease and 
same was ordered issued. 



Mr. John M. Sutton having been notified! that he would 
be heard on this date, Mr. Amos moved tljat the hearing 
be set for 4 o 'Clock P. M., Mr. Sutton to be allowed one 
hour in which to present his ease. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



Webb & Yates, Inc., of St. Petersburg having applied to 
purchase land in Pinellas County for their clients J. W. 
Bate and Andrew W. Golden; Alva A. Rbebuck; Qeo. H. 
Massey and Minnie E. Massey, and J. jG, Wilson and 
Harriet H~. Wilson, the Trustees ordered the following 
advertisement placed in the Clearwater Sun : 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, January 15, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State! of Florida will 
hold a meeting at 10 o 'Clock A. M., Tuksday, February 
19th, 1929, at Tallahassee, to consider the jale of the follow- 
ing described lands in PINELLAS COOTY, FLORIDA: 

Begin at a point 3,696.77 feet S rath of and 
701.42 feet West, of the N.W. corner of the NEl^ 
of Section 33, township 31 South, Range 16 East, 
which point of beginning is on the original Gov- 
ernment Meander line as surveyed A. D. 1848, 
and is also the S. E. Corner of Lot 4, John T. 
Leslie's Subdivision of the East 1/B of Govern- 



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raent lot 2, Section 33, Township 31 South. Range 
16 East; 

Thence South 279.98 feet ; 

Thence West 174.40 feet ; 

Thence North degrees 30' East 280 feet to the 
S. W. Corner of Lot 1 of aforesaid John T. Leslie 
Subdivision ; 

Thence East 172 feet along Government Mean- 
der Line, as surveved A. D. 1848, to the point of 
beginning 

Containing 1.11 acres, more or less. 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County, Florida. 

ALSO: 

Begin at a point 3,696.77 feet South of and 84 
feet West of the N. W. Corner of the NEi£ of Sec- 
tion 33, Township 31. South. Range 16 East, which 
point of beginning is on the original Government 
Meander Line as surveyed A. D. 1848, and is also 
the S. E. Corner of Lot 16, John T. Leslie's 
Subdivision of the East 1/3 of Government Lot 
2. Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East ; 

Thence South 446 feet; 

Thence West 46.54 feet ; 

Thence North 446 feet to the S. W. corner of 
Lot 16, of aforesaid John T. Leslie Subdivision; 

Thence East 46.54 feet along Government Me- 
ander line, as sun-eyed A. D. 1848, to the point of 
beginning ; 

Containing 0.48 acres, more or less. 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County. State of 
Florida. 

ALSO: 

Begin at a point 3.696.77 feet South of and 
l:[(i..Vi f,vt West of the X. W. comer of tin- XK' \ 
of Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East, 
which point of beginning is on the original Gov- 
ernment Meander Line as Surveyed A. D. 1848, 
and is also the S. E. Corner of Lot 15, John T. 
Leslie's Subdivision of the E. 13 of Government 
Lot 2, Section 33. Township 31 South, Range 16 
East; 

Thence South 434 feet; 



Corner of 



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Thenee West 93.08 feet ; 

Thence North 434 feet to the S, W. 
Lot 14, of aforesaid John T. Leslie 's Subdivision ; 

Thence East 93.08 feet along Government Me- 
ander Line as surveyed A, D. 1848, to the point 
of beginning. 

Containing 0.93 acres, more or less. ; 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County, Florida. 

ALSO: 

Begin at a point 3,696.77 feet South of and 
609.74 feet West of the N. W. Corner of the 
NE14 of Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 
East, which point of beginning is on the original 
Government Meander Line as surveyed A. D. 
1848, and is also the S. E. Corner of Lot 6, John 
T. Leslie's Subdivision of the E. 1/3 of Govern- 
ment Lot 2, Section 33, Township 31 Sputh, Range 
16 East; 

Thence South 320 feet; 

Thence West 46.2 feet ; 

Thence North 320 feet to the S. W. Corner of 
Lot 6, aforesaid, John T. Leslie Subdivision ; 

Thence East 46.2 feet along Government Mean- 
der line, as surveyed A. D. 1848, to ihe point of 
beginning, 4 

Containing 0.34 acres, more or less. 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South Range 16 East, Pinellas County, Florida. 
This notice is published in compliance with Section 
1062 of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that 
any person or persons who may have objections to said 
sale may have an opportunity to present the same as there- 
in prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 



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The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami Fla $ 1.55 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla. . . / 5.65 



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W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee. Fla. . . . 25.25 
Southern Telephone and Const r. Co., Tallahas- 
see, Fla 4.25 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 3.01 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co.. Tallahassee, Fla.. 1.03 

The H. & W. B. Drew Co.. Jacksonville, Fla. 40.00 

K. B. O'Quinn, C. C. C, Clearwater. Fla 2.60 

Board of Commissioners Everglades Drainage 
District, Tallahassee, Fla 229,667.42 






$229,750.76 



Financial Statement for 



sented and ordered placed of record : 

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the month of December 1928 pre- 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR DECEMBER, 1928 

Balance in Fund December 1,1928. $268,097.95 
Interest due June 30, 1928 on Peli- 
can Lake 6% v Bonds 360.00 

From Land Sales under Ch. 9131 
Acts 1923, and Ch. 10024 Acts 

1925 8,551.06 

From Board of Commrs. Ev. Dr. 
District a/c payment on notes by 
Comptrollers Warrants as follows 

No. 54310 100.000.00 

No. 543 10- A 50,000.00 

No. 54310-B 50.000.00 

From Land Sales ($17,706.00) less 

25% to State School Fund 

($4,426.50) 13,279.50 



Less Disbursements 



$490,288.51 
. 11,187.21 



Balance on hand January 1, 1929. . 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1.000.00 

Balance in Banks 478,101.30 



$479,101.30 



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$479,101.30 



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BALANCES IN BANKS JANUARY 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jacksonville $111,619.28 

Barnett National Bank, Jacksonville 112,347.68 

Florida National" Bank, Jacksonville 88,355.19 

American National Bank, Pensacola 24,113.25 

First National Bank, Miami i ... . . 42,009.23 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee -.' 36,192.72 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee 26,836.39 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee i . 36,627.56 



Date 


Check 


1928 


No. 


Dec. 5, 


7590 




7591 




7592 




7593 




7594 




7595 


Dec. 11, 


75.96 




75.9J 




7598 




7599 




7600 




7601 




7602 




7603 


Dec. 20, 


7604 




7605 




7606 




7607 




7608 




7609 




7610 




7611 


Dec. 31. 


7612 




7613 




7614 




7615 



$478,101.30 
DISBURSEMENTS 

In Favor oiE: Amount 
•Southern Telephone & Con- ' 

struction Co $ 5.55 

Ferol Dunn 109.00 

M. C. Mcintosh 18.90 

A. R. Richardson 230.28 

J. L. KUgore , 5,889.78 

W. V. Knott, State Treasurer 
Taxes for 1925-6-7 New Hall 

Dr. Dist 1,245.00 

The News Journal 12.76 

Western Union Telegraph 

Co 1.70 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc. 1.85 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co... 1.52 

Frauk A. Bryan, C. C. C. . . 3.10 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C. . . 1.35 
The News Publishing Co.. . . 16.50 

The Clearwater Sun 15.75 

Vera Johnson 2.50 

Margaret Henderson . . . ,-v . . _ 6.25 

Lucy Merchant 15.00 

Archie J. Burnside 5.00 

N. S. Wainright, C. C. C 3.00 

Robert H. Roesch, C. C. C. . ■ 2.60 

K. B. O'Quinn, C. C. C 1.75 

Rov A. O'Bannou, T. C. .... 1,480.38 

F. C. EEiot 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh i 229.16 

A. R. Riehardsoa 585.54 

Elgin Bavless 297.98 



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Date 


Check 


1928 


No. 


Dec. 31, 


7616 




7617 




7618 




7619 




7620 




7621 



In Favor of: Amount 

A. C. Bridges $ 80.00 

Jentye Dedge 75.00 

Edwin Barnes, Jr 50.00 

Hattie Bell 41.67 

R. W. Ervin 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn 300.00 



$11,187.21 



The following report from the office of the State Auditor 
was presented and ordered placed of record: 

Hon. W. S. Murrow, 
Acting State Auditor, 
Tallahassee, Florida. 

Dear Sir : 

I beg to submit herewith report of an audit made by 
me pursuant to your instructions of the accounts of the 
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, covering the 
period from July 1, 1926 to June 30, 1928. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund consists 
of the following: 

Hon. John W. Martin, Governor-Chairman. 
Hon. Ernest Amos. 
Hon. J. C. Luning 
. Hon. Fred H. Davis 
Hon. Nathan Mayo, Members 
Hon. J. Stuart Lewis, Secretary. 

All money that appears to have come into this office has 
been deposited to the proper funds in the State Treasury. 

The Drainage Tax Redemption Reports have been check- 
ed against the Tax Sale record from November 1922 
through August 1928, except Dade County, through Aug- 
ust. 17, 1928, and Palm Beach County report for May 1928, 
which has not been paid for nor posted in the Tax Sale 
record. Clerk's remittances for redemptions were checked 
into the Treasury. 

The Secretary has collected and deposited to the Prin- 
cipal of School Fund the following amounts for sand, gravel 
and shell leases: 



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Fla. Gravel Co $ 

Capital City Sand & 

Gravel Co 

Acme Sand Co 

Atlanta Shell Co 

Lake Weir Sand Prod. Co. 
Tampa Sand & Shell Co. . 
Kinzie Bros. S. S. Line . 
Stand. Dredging Co. . . . 
Conway Lake Sarid Co. . 
Jacksonville Sand Co. . . 
Leesburg Sand & Supplv 

Co* 

Lake Weir Sand Co. I. . . . 
Hillsboro Sand & Shell Co. 
Standard Mfg. Co. 
Griffin Sand Co. 
Builders Products CO. 
B. W. Kingsley . . 



7,079.30 Pd. thru May 1928 



300.00 




575.00 " 


<C If 


7,433.71 " 


(4 el 


200.00 " 


< t a 


1,521.24 " 


a * i 


1,175.68 " 


a a 


402.24 *' 


tt it 


465.90 " 


11 Jan 


100.00 " 


" Feb 



Total 



5,153.50 Cancelled March " 

656.99 

1.759.25 Pd. thru March " 

425.00 Cancelled March " 

400.00 Cancelled Jan. " 
50.00 Cancelled Mar. 1927 
50.00 



.$ 27,747.81 



Sale of lands vested in the Trustees under Chapter 9131 
of 1923 and 10024 of 1925, show deeds issued numbers 
4938-A to 5332 inclusive. Proceeds have been paid into the 
Internal Improvement Fund and are shown as receipts. 

Proceeds of sales d£ other State lands made by the Land 
Office under the Commissioner of Agriculture have been 
deposited, three-fourths to the Internal Improvement 
Fund and one-fourth to the principal of School Fund. 
These sales were audited in the audit made of the office 
of the Commisioner of Agriculture. 

The Trustees have the following account with Mr. A. R. 
Richardson, their Fjeld Agent: 

Sale old Studebaker ear $ 325.00 

Advanced for purchase Ford Car 675.00 

Paid to date 358.35 

Balance due Trustees 641.65 



$1,000.00' $1,000.00 



The Trustees have leased Lake Okeechobee bottom lands, 
the usual arrangement being 10%, down and balance in 
installments. The Secretary's aecount of these transactions 
is incomplete. He has deposited more money in the I. I. 



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Fund than he has given the lessees credit for. Amount 
deposited $18,258.27. 

This account is now being kept by the Field Agent, 
and appears to be kept up to date. 

The Secretary has two returned checks on hand given 
for leases, one for $25.00, Bank of Pahokee. drawn by 
T. Lane Moore, payable to J no. Tillman, and one for 
$75.00, First National Bank & Trust Co. of Orlando, drawn 
by W. W. Hiley, Jr. 

The Trustees held checks on the Bank of Okeechobee, 
totaling $5,387.78, listed on page 199, Minute Book 12, 
that were held as deposits on land deals when the bank 
closed. Credit was allowed for amounts of checks, and 
checks were turned over to counsel to file claims. On 
October 7, 1926, the Minutes state that a letter was re- 
ceived from the Counsel stating that he had turned over 
to the Treasurer certificate No. 475 for $3,962.78. On 
January 7, 1928, the Secretary deposited with the Treas- 
urer eheeks for $158.51, and $15.00 dividends oriseertificate 
Nos. 475 and 538. Of this money $73.79 was deposited 
to I. I. Fund and $99.72 to Principal of School Fund. 
No records could be found in the office giving any further 
information. It was ascertained from the Comptroller's 
Office that the claim on which $15.00 was paid was for 
$373.00. The Receivers Certificates could not be located. 

It is respectfully recommended that these certificates be 
located and properly filed, and accounts kept of them. 



ACCOUNT WITH EVERGLADES DRAINAGE 
BOARD 

Due Trustees July 1, 1926, loans . .$584,000.00 

Interest paid . . * " 16,368.16 

Loans made July 1, 1926 to June 30. 

1927 243,427.15 

Due by Trustees for Tax Certifi- 
cates applied on account $118,255.77 

Paid by Drainage Board 448,422.40 

Balance due Trustees 277,117.14 



$843,795.31 $843,795.31 



Note: $166,000.00 was paid by Drainage Board on 
June 30, 1926. but not handled by Treasurer until July, 
1926. This is included in above statement. 



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The above indebtedness is evidenced by a series of notes 
held by the Trustees. The details of the notes, and status 
of interest payments, are shown in report on Drainage 
Board. Some of the loans to the Drainage Board are not 
mentioned in the Minutes. 

ACCOUNT WITH THE BOARD OF FIRE CONTROL 

As no funds were available for this Board until Taxes 
for 1926 were collected, bills were paid and loans made by 
the Trustees. 

CURRENT EXPENSE FUND 

Received before 6/30/26 $ 21,030.69 

Rod. 7/1/26/ to 6/30/28 51,958.00 

Repaid $58,978.84 

Credit, Refund Pennsylvania Sugar 

Co 809.80 

Balance Due, 6/30/28 13,200.05 

$72,988.69 $72,988.69 

CONTINGENT EXPENSE FUND 

Received before 6/30/26 $ 4,895.50 

Received 6/30/26 to 7/1/28 6,769.13 

Repaid $ 8,920.93 

Balance due 6/30/28 2,743.70 

$11,664.63 $11,664.63 

Balance due Current Expense Fund $13,200.05 

Balance due Contingent Fund . . 2,743.70 

Total Balance due $15,943.75 

The following is a statement of balances, receipts and 
disbursements of the Internal Improvement Fund from 
July 1, 1926, to June 30, 1928 : 

RECEIPTS 

7/1/26-6/1/27 7/1/27-6/30/28 
Land Sales, Chaps. 9131 and 

10024 $ 12,148.77 $ 10,830.63 

Redemption Drainage Tax 

Certs 51,510.94 96,014.89 



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7/1/26-6 A/27 7/1/27-6/30/28 

Refunds of Drainage Taxes. $ 1,535.76 $ 660.60 

Interest on Bank Deposits . . 35.602.04 12,403.77 

Refunds 964.74 198.19 

Forfeits 750.00 

Land Sales, three-fourths pro- 
ceeds .:.... 240,221.55 175,977.99 

Sales land vested in Trustees 2,160.10 1.446.75 

Sale of Minutes 74.50 19.50 

Principal, Pelican Bay D. D. 

Bonds 500.00 500.00 

Interest, Pelican Bay D. D. 

Bonds 780.00 750.00 

Sale of Autos 27.12 331.23 

Repaid loan bv Fire Control 

Board 28,776.89 39,122.88 

Repaid, loans by Drainage 

Board 189,902.08 258,520.32 

Refund, loan to Gen'l. Reve- 
nue 50,000.00 

Dividend, Bank of Okeecho- 
bee 73.79 

Lease lake bottom lands ... . 18,258.27 

Totals $ 614,954.49 $ 615,108.81 

Total Receipts .$ 1,230.063.30 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Salaries I $ 24,838.57 $ 22,697.09 

Traveling Expenses 2,069.49 3,819.57 

Office Expenses 2,972.96 786.01 

Fees for recording Invest- 
ments 168.89 269.35 

Deeds to lands . . . - 88.00 

Advance for purchase of car . 675.00 

Special Legal expense 55,563.17 146.11 

Refunds on Deeds 57,593.47 35,212.84 

Advertising land sales 867.12 306.01 

Surveys 43,053.14 8,305.99 

Redemption. Tax Certificates 443.55 380.88 

Refund of deposits 2.901.48 1,288.00 

Subscription to newspapers . 34.25 24.50 
Transfer to State Prison 

Buildings 205,000.00 94,800.00 



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Transfer to State Industries 
Building $ 150,000.00 

Transfer to State Office 
Bldg 250,000.00 50,000.00 

Loans to Drainage Board . . 243.427.15 

Loan to Fire Control Board . 33.727.13 25,000.00 

Drainage & Fire Taxes on 

State lands 325,906.07 400,785.11 

Refunds. Tax Sale Certifi- 
cates 15.75 903.13 

Forfeit of deposit, paid to 
Principal of School Fund. 500.00 

Abstracts of Title 198.50 

* 1,399.082.19 $ 645.686.09 

Total Disbursements $2,044,768.28 

Balance July 1. 1926 $1,213,532.24 

Total Receipts 1.230,063.30 

Total Disbursements $ 2.044,768.28 

Balance June 30, 1928 398,827.26 

$ 2,443,595.54 $ 2,443,595.54 

The Fund owns $12,000.00 6 f / t bonds of the Pelican Bay 
Drainage District in addition to the above balance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. HENRY, Auditor 

Cpon motion the Trustees adjourned to meet at 4 o 'Clock 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor- Chairman . 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, January 15, 1929. 

4 o'clock P. M. 

The Trustees Internal Improvement Fund met on this 
date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, pursuant 
to recessed meeting. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller' 



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W. V. Knott, State Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

This hour having been set to allow Mr. John M. Sutton, 
Selecting Agent of the Trustees, to be heard relative to 
cancellation of his contract, he presented his case substan- 
tially as follows: 

That he had endeavored to secure a hearing before the 
Trustees during the summer of 1928. but had been unable 
to do so as the Democratic Primary was at hand and some 
members of the Trustees away campaigning, and it was 
agreed to allow him a hearing at a later date. That finally 
on October 30, 1928, the Trustees passed a resolution termi- 
nating his contract January 8, 1929 j that immediately upon 
being advised of this Resolution he requested a hearing and 
this date, January 15, 1929, was set; that he requested a 
statement of the charges made against him, or reasons for 
terminating his contract, but had not received such informa- 
tion ; that he had spent thousands of dollars and unlimited 
time in carrying out his part of the contract and had never 
received one cent for his services. 

Mr. Sutton went into detail as to selections he had in- 
vestigated and made, and the numerous tracts of land that 
had been patented to the State through his efforts, and pre- 
sented several letters from officials at Washington, advis- 
ing that there were no complaints to be made of his actions 
before the Department. Also presented letter from Mr. 
Rynearson of the Land Office at Gainesville, which indi- 
cated a friendly relation with Mr. Sutton. 

Mr. Amos asked Mr. Sutton if he construed this contract 
as one to continue indefinitely and never to be terminated 
by the Trustees. 

Mr. Sutton stated that it was his impression that the con- 
tract was to continue for a lifetime and was so intended 
by the provisions of Paragraph 11 of the contract. 

Attorney General Davis asked Mr, Sutton if he based his 
claim for continuing this contract on the provisions of para- 
graph 11. 

Mr. Sutton stated that he did. 

Attorney General Davis gave as his interpretation of 
Paragraph 11, that it was construed to be exclusive and not 
perpetual; that it was not legal for a contract of this kind 
to continue indefinitely— from administration to adminis- 



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tration, without the Trustees having the right to terminate, 
if so desired. 

Mr. Sutton stated that he did not so interpret Paragraph 
11, and that so long as he carried out the terms of the eon- 
tract it was to remain in force and be exclusive. 

In answering a question of Atty. Gen. Davis, as to selling 
his interest in Hunters Island to Mr. Fred M. Valz and his 
statement to Mr. Wideman "that it would be better to deal 
through him (Sutton) instead of the Trustees, as, under the 
terms of the contract, he held the whip hand and could pur- 
chase the land at a price offered by any other party, ' ' Mr. 
Sutton denied that he made such statement, but admitted 
that upon being approached by Mr. Wideman and being 
asked what he thought his interest in the Island was worth, 
he did state that taking into consideration his work and 
the time and money he had spent on the Lake Worth 
Islands, he would say about $10,000.00, but that he had 
never received any such amount. That he had never tried 
to sell any interest or right he might have under his con- 
tract, and stated to the gentleman, when asked to fix a 
price, that he valued his services and time in the Lake 
Worth Islands at $10,000. That there had been only one 
instance where he had considered selling his interest in any 
land under this contract, and that was a proposed assign- 
ment of his interest to a friend or relative of Senator 
Singletary, which proposed assignment was first presented 
to the Attorney General for his approval, but which trans- 
action was never carried out. 

Attorney General Davis stated that Mr. Wideman con- 
tended that this contract was contrary to public policy; 
that by the nature of the contract it was terminative at will 
and that if the Trustees did mot cancel it, he would start 
action to enjoin its being carried out. The Attorney Gen- 
eral advised Mr, Sutton that the action of the Trustees of 
October 30, 1928, terminating the contract with the new ad- 
ministration, was not based on charges against him but on 
the ground that the contract was contrary to public policy 
and should not operate indefinitely. 

Mr. Sutton stated that he was informed that charges had 
been made against him and he demanded that he be given 
an opportunity to vindicate himself of these charges. Mr. 
Sutton also read a newspaper article of March 7, 1928, in 
which he was accused of certain things, which he emphati- 
cally denied and requested to know who made such charges 
so that he could answer them and confront his accusers. 



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The Attorney General advised Mr. Sutton that the reso- 
lution cancelling his contract was not based on charges 
against him, but was based on the proposition of public 
policy ; that the cancellation of this contract would in no 
wise "affect any transaction handled by him and that he 
would receive compensation for any lands at any time com- 
ing to the State through his efforts while employed by the 
Trustees. 

Mr. Sutton stated that he was more concerned about the 
charges against him than anything else; that his reputation 
was worth far more than the contract and that he demanded 
that copy of the charges be furnished him so that he could 
make reply ; that he did not want to call on the Senators 
and representatives in Congress, or officials of the Land 
Department, to demand. that he be furnished copy of the 
charges. 

Governor Carlton asked Mr. Sutton if he would state 
exactly what he wanted, and his reply was that he wanted 
to be given an opportunity to refute charges made against 
him, but could not do so without knowing what the charges 
were. He insisted that the contract could not be terminated 
at will; that he was innocent of any charges of neglect of 
duty or misrepresentation of any kind, and demanded a 
vindication, ) 

Mr. Sutton thanked the Trustees for their attention and 
of affording him this opportunity to be heard. 

Mr, Amos moved that the Trustees adjourn and take the 
matter up at a later date. Seconded and adopted, the Trus- 
tees adjourned. 

OOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Govern or-Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, January 22, 1929. 

The Trustees Internal Improvement Fund met on this 
date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The budget for the year 1929, filed by the Board of Fire 
Control, which was held over from previous meeting, was 



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again presented. The Trustees ordered that the matter be 
held over for a full membership. 



The oil lease advertised to be taken up on January 15th. 
was ordered indefinitely postponed, pending determination 
of the rights of the Trustees with reference to the leasing 
of petroleum or other mineral rights under lands owned by 
the Trustees. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Mcintosh, special counsel, to 
render his opinion in reference to the rights of the Trustees 
relating to the leasing of oil or petroleum under lands 
owned by the State and also under lands formerly owned 
but to which the State had parted title. 



The matter of overpayment of taxes in Broward County 
was brought up. 

It appears that in the payment of the drainage taxes on 
the lands of the Trustees in Broward Count}- for the year 
1928, the sum of $11,094.14 was transmitted to the Tax Col- 
lector whereas the amount that should have been paid was 
only $10,575.68 and of this sum $85.85 should properly 
have been paid in to the One Mill Maintenance Tax Fund. 

Therefore, it was ordered that the Drainage Board be re- 
quested to draw warrant against the Everglades Drainage 
District Tax Fund for $518.46 in favor of the Trustees In- 
ternal Improvement Fund as a refund for the overpayment 
of taxes. 

The Trustees authorized the payment of taxes on certain 
lands which were re-deeded to the Trustees by Mr. J. L. 
Kilgore, the Land Department to furnish statement of taxes 
to be paid. 

A letter was presented from Mr. E. G. Johnson, request- 
ing the Trustees to issue in his name proxy of the Trustees 
for voting their holdings in Pahokee Drainage District at 
a meeting to be held at Pahokee February 26, 1929, at 
which meeting Supervisors would be elected. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Johnson be requested to 
inform them of the names of the Supervisors proposed to 
be elected on that date. 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, January 29, 1929, 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Land in Volusia County ordered advertised for sale on 
this date, upon application of Mr. John B. L'Engle for his 
client, Mrs. Grace C. Thurman, being 1.68 acres in Town- 
ship 5 South, Range 33 East, was called up for objections. 
No objections being presented or filed, the land was sold to 
Mrs. Thurman at a price of $100.00 per acre and the Land 
Department directed to issue deed. 



Judge W. J. Ovefi, representing Burdine, Fleming & 
Terry of Miami, Florida, applied for adjustment on land 
purchased in Deed No. 17144, Upon discussion of the mat- 
ter. Judge Oven requested the Trustees to meet with Mr. - 
Sheppard on Wednesday, which was agreed to and the \j 
meeting was set for 10 o'clock A. M,, Wednesday, January 
30th, 1929. 



Mr. Roy F. Goodman made an offer of $75.00 per acre 
for 9.1 acres in Lake Osborne. > 

Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, having examined the land 
and reporting that the price was in line with prices on simi- 
lar land, Mr. Amos moved that the land be sold at $75.00 
per acre, Mr. Goodman to pay for survey and furnish de- 
scription. 

Motion seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, and Mr. Bayless having reported 
on the proposition of Mr, E. P. Green to have the Trustees 
deed him approximately 40 acres of land for $50.00, instead 
of 6 acres, as agreed on by the Trustees November 13, 1928, 
the Trustees declined to deed the 40 acres at the same price 
as agreed on for the 6 acres. The Land Department was di- 
rected to so advise Mr, Green, 




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Final disposition on hearing given Mr. Sutton of Wash- 
ington, January 15, 1929, was considered. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees affirm their decision 
of October 30th» 1928, whereby Mr. Sutton was relieved of 
the duties of Selecting Agent and his contract cancelled as 
of January 8, 1929, on the ground that it was contrary to 
puhlic policy and should be terminated. Seconded by Mr. 
Amos and unanimously adopted. 



Mr. Davis moved that Mr. Elliot be designated as Select- 
ing Agent for the Trustees and Mr. Gwynn be directed to do 
the detail work of the land selections. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 

Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, presented request of Stand- 
ard Dredging Company of Jacksonville for cancellation of 
their permit as of January 31. 1929, reporting that all pay- 
ments had been made to date. 

Mr. Amos moved that the permit be cancelled as re- 
quested. Seconded and adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. L. 0. Mordt, 
addressed to Governor Carlton, applying for a position with 
the Trustees. Mr, Amos moved that the matter be referred 
to Mr. Elliot for disposition. Seconded and adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. J. P. Conrad, 
Treasurer of Southern Drainage District, requesting per- 
mission to erect a small building on the east end of Hiatus 
Lot 1, between Townships 54 and 55, for housing men en- 
gaged in work in that section for Southern Drainage Dis- 
trict. It was ordered that the permit be issued with usual 
conditions. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. F. B. Winthrop, 
attorney, to Mr. Vernon Price- Williams, giving opinion as 
to the authority of the Trustees to lease land for petroleum 
and oil rights. 

The Trustees ordered that the letter be filed. 



Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, read his opinion on mineral and 
oil leases by the Trustees, which was ordered filed. 

The Trustees agreed to hold all oil leases in abeyanee 
until opinion of the Supreme Court on the subject was 
handed down. 



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Mr. Knott moved that the Attorney for the Trustees be 
authorized to secure the service of a local man to assist in 
selecting a jury in the ejectment suits before Palm Beach 
County court, and that he also be authorized to make such 
adjustments as he deemed for the best interest of the Trus- 
tees./ Seconded and adopted. 



A letter was presented from Doggett, Caldwell & Doggett, 
attorneys for Southern Sugar Company, requesting that the 
Trustees release to them the escrow deed and agreement 
deposited with Honorable H. Clay Crawford, Secretary of 
State, September 11, 1928, as good faith that Southern 
Sugar Company would erect, at or near Clewiston, a sugar 
mill of not less than 1,000 tons cane capacity, not later 
than December, 1929. 

Southern Sugar Company having complied with all re- 
quirements of the agreement, Mr. Knott moved that the 
Counsel for the Trustees request Mr. Crawford to release 
to Doggett, Caldwell & Dtoggett the escrow deed and agree- 
ment properly cancelled by the Trustees. Seconded and 
upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented bids for printing minutes of the 
Trustees Internal Improvement for the years 1927 and 1928. 
The bid of Florida Industrial Sehool for Boys at Marianna 
being the lowest bid submitted, was accepted and the min- 
utes ordered printed. 

Budget of the Board of Fire Control for the year 1929, 
deferred from former meetings, was presented. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the Budget of Board of Fire Con- 
trol be reduced to $100,000.00, Upon vote the motion was 
adopted and the Secretary directed to advise Mr. W. A. 
Dutch, Chairman of said Board, of this action of the Trus- 
tees. 



Tax statement in the sum of $2,894.45 on lands of the 
Trustees was presented and Mr. Amos moved that the said 
taxes be paid. Seconded and adopted, the bill was ordered 
paid. 



The Trustees requested the Attorney General to draft a 
bill to be presented to the coming session of the Legislature, 
amending the law on foreclosure of State-owned lands. 



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The Secretary presented tax certificates held by Mr. 
Clyde Atkinson nf this city, amounting to $765.65 issued 
against land sold to Tatum Brothers Company, on which 
the Trustees hold mortgage. 

The Secretary was directed to take the matter up with 
Tatum Brothers and request payment of these certificates. 



Mr. Amos moved that Special Counsel of the Trustees be 
directed to institute foreclosure proceedings on all overdue 
mortgages held by the Trustees, or have purchasers make 
some satisfactory arrangements for extension. 

Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel — Salary and Expense 

Account 285.23 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, Salary and Ex- 
pense Account 686.11 

Elgin Bay less, Und Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant , 80.00 

Jen t ye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 7500 

Edwin Barnes. Jr., Tax Clerk . , '. 50.00 

R. W. Ervin, (leneral Utility Man 233.34 

Mrs. A. J. Etheredge, Stenographer — 9 days. . . , 36.29 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

W. H. May, Postmaster — Stamped Envelopes... 45.00 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General-^-Expense Ac- 
count 60.55 

J. M. Griffin, West Palm Beach, Fla 266.95 

Board of Commissioners Ev. Drainage Dist.. 

Taxes on Trustee Lands in Broward Count v 6,876.55 

C. B. Gwynn. Land Clerk 300.00 



$9,493.36 



Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from Mr. Scott 
M. Loftin, general counsel for Florida East Coast Railway 
Company, advising that his company had agreed to convey 
in the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund certain brad 
opposite Section 8, which the Trustees had previously deed- 
ed to Florida East Coast Railway for right-of-way purposes, 



the Trustees having requested the return of this land to the 
State as it had not been used for right-of-way purposes. 



The following agreement between Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund and Florida Bast Coast Railway Company 
was ordered executed by the Trustees; the Board of Com- 
missioners of Everglades Drainage District concurring in 

the agreement: 

AGREEMENT 

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT entered into this 
29th day of January, A. D. 1929, by and between Doyle E. 
Carlton, Governor; Ernest Amos, Comptroller.; W. V. 
Knott, Treasurer ; Fred H. Davis, Attorney General ; and 
Nathan Mavo, Commissioner of Agriculture, as and com- 
posing the TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVE- 
MENT FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, as such 
officials, their successors and their successors in office, here- 
inafter referred to as "The Trustees," and Florida East 
Coast Railway Company, a corporation, organized and ex- 
isting under the laws of the State of Florida, for itself, its 
successors and assigns, hereinafter referred to as "the 
Company." 

WITNESSETH : 

That in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00) 
paid by the Company to the Trustees, the receipt of which 
is hereby acknowledged, and in further consideration of 
the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, 
the parties hereto do hereby covenant and agree as follows: 

FIRST: The Trustees agree to and hereby grant and 
convey unto the Company, its successors and assigns, a 
right of way for a standard gauge line of railroad extend- 
ing from a point at or near Belleglade-Chosen in a souther- 
ly and westerly direction, to a point on the west bank of 
the Miami Canal, at Lake Harbor, all in Palm Beach Coun- 
ty, Florida, said right of way to be one hundred (100) feet 
in width for main line railroad construction, and two hun- 
dred (200) feet in width and two thousand (2,000) feet in 
length for sidings, turn-outs, station houses and other neces- 
sary and incidental construction and erection, also, to in- 
clude additional ground for section house lay-outs two hun- 
dred (200) feet in width by four hundred (400) feet in 
length outside of main right of way strip, such section 



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house lay-outs to be located at approximately from eight 
(8) to tea (10) miles alongside the line of railroad, the 
location of such section house lay-outs to be subjeet to the 
approval of the Trustees; said rights of way to extend on, 
over and across any lands and easements now owned, 
possessed or controlled by the Trustees on, by or along the 
route hereinabove decribed. 

The right and privilege is also given and granted to re- 
move and use any earth , stone or material in the spoil banks 
on or near the banks of any State canal and/or canals, 
covered by said right of way, or closely adjacent thereto, 
or any State eanal and/or canals to be crossed by said rail- 
road for a distance of fifteen miles on either side of said 
crossing along the canal banks for the purpose of the con- 
struction, and maintenance of the proposed line of railroad 
and its erections, construction, yards, grounds and other 
necessary and incidental appurtenances; and the Company 
may remove and transport said material to such place or 
places as may be desired wherever there may be a deficiency 
of material, provided, that the banks of the canal shall not 
be injured or weakened by the removal of any material as 
in the judgment of the Chief Drainage Engineer of the 
Trustees is useful for the protection of said canal and its 
banks. And PROVIDED FURTHER, that where the road- 
bed follows the banks of a canal, the center line of said 
main-track road-bed shall not be nearer the edge of the 
canal than 35 feet ; passing, station or any other tracks that 
may be necessary for the operation of the railroad shall not 
be nearer than 35 feet from the center line of any such track 
to the edge of the canal, except in such special cases as may 
be necessary for approaching or crossing the canal," or for- 
the construction of a spur or sidings or warehouse at a 
landing slip and that such special cases shall be subject to 
the written approval of the Chief Drainage Engineer of 
the Trustees. 

AND PROVIDED FURTHER, that in making use of, or 
appropriating the spoil bank of a canal for a road-bed. or 
for other purposes, the same shall be done by removing the 
material from the spoil bank from the side thereof farthest 
from the canal, and any material removed from the spoil 
bank shall be done in such manner that no spoil shall be 
placed nearer the canal than its original position in the 
spoil bank and that the berm shall not be lessened or en- 
croached upon, and if borrow pits or ditches are excavated 



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for the purpose of providing material for road construction 
or road drainage, such borrow pits or ditches shall be dug 
parallel with the road-bed on the aide away from the canal 
and in such manner as to form, as nearly as practicable, a 
continuous connecting ditch. 

AND PROVIDED FURTHER, that the Trustees specif- 
ically reserve a strip of land 20 feet wide contiguous to 
the canal or canals between the edges thereof and the 
rights of way herein granted. 

It is specifically understood and agreed that the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund or the Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District shall have 
and reserve the right to use at all times any or all 
such rock, earth and other material in or upon the spoil 
banks of the canals as they may require for the construc- 
tion of any of their works now being or hereafter to be 
constructed, 

SECOND: The Trustees agree to, and do hereby grant 
to the Company the use of any earth, stone or other mate- 
rial situated in or upon the spoil banks of the canals de- 
scribed in paragraph ' ' FIRST ' ' hereof, which will or may 
be needed by, or useful to, the Company, its successors 
and assigns, for the construction of said proposed line of 
railroad, and its erections, constructions, yards, grounds 
and other necessary and incidental appurtenances; and 
after the completing of said line of railroad a sufficient 
amount of such earth, stone or other material for the 
maintenance needs of said railroad and its erections, con- 
structions, yards, grounds and other necessary and inci- 
dental appurtenances^ 

THIRD : The rights of way, easements and estate here- 
by granted and intended to be granted by the Trustees 
to the Company, its successors and assigns, shall be held, 
exercised and enjoyed by the Company so long as the same 
shall be used for railroad purposes. 

FOURTH: Upon the definite location of said line of 
railroad described in paragraph "FIRST" hereof, the 
Trustees shall be furnished by the Company with a Plat 
showing the route of said line of railroad as so definitely 
located and the Trustees will thereupon make, execute and 
deliver to the Company a good and sufficient deed, grant- 
ing and conveying a right of way for such line in accord- 



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ance with this agreement, on, over and across any and 
all lands, easements and/or interests therein held, owned, 
possessed or controlled by the Trustees. 

FIFTH r The construction of said line of railroad shall 
be commenced on or before February 1st, 1929, and shall be 
completed on or before December 31st, 1929. Any time lost 
in the construction of said railroad resulting from, or 
due to the act of God, or the public enemy, restraints 
of public authorities, floods storms, excessive rain-fall 
or other agencies of nature, strikes, congestion, embargoes, 
quarantine, epidemics, or any other occurrence or cause 
or causes beyond the control of the Company, shall be de- 
ducted from the time allowed for the construction of said 
railroad by the Company, and any and all time so lost 
shall be deducted from the period of time above mentioned 
and shall be added to the time allowed for the construction 
of .said railroad, so that the final date for the completion 
of such railroad shall be extended for a period equal to 
the time lost by the Company for such cause, 

SIXTH : The Company agrees that in case of accident or 
wreck of any of its trains, rolling stock or other railroad 
property, along any canal covered by Ihis agreement, it 
will promptly remove such obstruction so that navigation 
and drainage in such canals shall not he impeded or ob- 
structed longer than is reasonably necessary- to remove such 
obstruction. 

SEVENTH : The Trustees agree that where said rights 
of way pass through lands belonging to other than the 
Trustees, they will assist and aid the Company so far as 
possible, in securing right of way through such lands. 

EIGHTH : The Company further agrees that all draw- 
bridges constructed or used over or across any such canal 
or canals shall be constructed and maintained in accord- 
ance with plans approved by the Chief Drainage Engineer 
for the Trustees, and should other canals be constructed 
by the Trustees which would pass across or under the said 
railroad at any time, the Company will provide suitable 
bridges or culverts at such crossings without cost to the 
Trustees, and that such draw-bridges shall be operated in 
accordance with the pilot rules of the United States relat- 
ing to draw-bridges across navigable streams. 

NINTH: It is further mutually covenanted and agreed 
that unless the Company performs the covenants and 



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agreements and complies with the conditions herein con- 
tained, then and in that event it shall forfeit all right, 
title and claim to the right of way and privileges or estate 
herein granted, and such right of way and privileges or 
estate shall revert and return to the Trustees, who shall 
thereby become re-invested with the title thereto, provided. 
that if the Company shall have built and completed any 
portion of said railroad on said right of way before breach 
of any of said covenants or agreements or failure to comply 
with any of the conditions herein contained, then only that 
portion of the right of way on which the Company has not 
huilt and completed a railroad shall revert and return to 
the Trustees. 

PROVIDED, FURTHER, that the Trustees may in 
writing waive such or any forfeiture arising or occurring 
under this contract, or extend by writing the time in 
which any of the acts or agreements of the Company stip- 
ulated herein may be done or performed, which waiver or 
extension shall have the effect of restoring the rights of the 
Company by relieving it of any penalty or forfeiture 
incurred, hut only in respect to the matter specifically 
waived in writing at the date of such waiver or such ex- 
tension. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have 
caused these presents to be executed in duplicate, this 
the 29th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO 
Commissioner of Agriculture, 

As and composing the Trustees of 
the Internal Improvement Fund of 
the State of Florida. 



Signed, sealed and de- 
livered by the Trustees 
in the presence of: 

P. C. ELLIOT. 

JENTYE DEDGE. 



FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY COMPANY, 

By: H. N. RODENBAUGH, 
Vice-President. 



2—1. I. F. 



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Signed, sealed and delivered 
by the Railway Company in 
the presence of: 
J. W. FOX. 
H. W. MIEE. 
(As to Vice-President) 
MARGUERITE S. LYTLE. 
HAROLD B. WAHL. 
(As to Ass't Sect'y 1 ) 



ATTEST : 

L. R. PINNELL. 
Assistant Secretary. 



Doyle E. Carlton, Governor; Ernest Amos, Comptroller; 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer; Fred H. Davis. Attorney General, 
and Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, as and 
composing the Board of Commissioners of the Everglades 
Drainage District, for and on behalf of said Board, and for 
and on behalf of their successors in office, hereby agree to 
concur in, affirm and approve, the foregoing agreement be- 
tween the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of 
the State of Florida, and the Florida East Coast Railway 
Company, and all the covenants and agreements made 
therein on behalf of the Trustees of the Internal Improve* 
ment Fund, and agree to be bound thereby so far as the 
rights, title and interest of the Board of Commissioners of 
the Everglades Drainage District may be affected thereby. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, The Board of Commission- 
ers of Everglades Drainage District have hereunto caused 
these presents to be executed in duplicate, this 29th dav of 
January, A. D. 1929. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO. 

Commissioner of Agriculture. 

As and composing the Board 
of Commissioners .of the Ever- 
glades Drainage District. 



Signed, sealed and de- 
livered by the Commis- 
sioners in the presence 
of: 

F. C. ELLIOT. 

JENTYE DEDGE. 



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State 
County 



of Florida, ] 
ty of Leon. J 



Before me, a Notary Public in and for said County and 
State, on this day personally appeared Doyle E. Carlton, 
Governor ; Ernest Amos, Comptroller ; W. V. Knott, Treas- 
urer; Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, and Nathan Mayo. 
Commissioner of Agriculture, of and composing the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of 
Florida, and also constituting the Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District, to me well known to be 
such officials respectively and to be the persons described 
in and who executed the foregoing instruments, one as the 
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State 
of Florida, and the other as the Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District, and they severally acknowl- 
edged before me that they executed the same as such offi- 
cials respectively for and on behalf of the State of Florida, 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the 
State of Florida, and the Board of Commissioners of Ever- 
glades Drainage District, for all the uses and purposes 
therein expressed. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand 
and affixed my official seal at Tallahassee, in said State 
and County, this 29th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

M. 0. BARCO, 
Notary Public, State 
of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires July 10, 1929. 



ate of Florida, "1 
. Johns County, j 



State 
St 



I HEREBY CERTIFY That on this day personally ap- 
peared before me, an officer duly authorized to administer 
oaths and take acknowledgments, H. N. Rodenbaugh, to me 
well known and to me well known to be the Vive- President 
of the Florida East Coast Railway Company, a corporation j 
and he acknowledged to and before me that he executed the 
foregoing instrument in the name and on behalf of said 
corporation for the uses and purposes therein expressed and 
under due authority from said corporation. 



I 
%VITNESS my hand and official seal in the State and 
County aforesaid, this 4th day of January, A. D. 1929, 

H. W. MIER, 
Notary Public, State 
of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires June 22, 1931 . 

State of Florida, ' 

Duval County. 

I HEREBY CERTIFY That on this day personally ap- 
jjeared before me, an officer duly authorized to administer 
oaths and take acknowledgments, L. R. Pinnell, to me well 
known to be Assistant Secretary of Florida East Coast 
Railway Company, a corporation; and she acknowledged 
to and before me that she joined in the execution of the 
foregoing instrument as Assistant Secretary of said corpo- 
ration and that she affixed thereto the corporate seal of 
said corporation for the uses and purposes therein ex- 
pressed and under due authority from said corporation, 

WITNESS my hand and official seal in the State and 
County aforesaid, this 5th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

MARIE R. KILLILAE, 

Notary Public, State 
of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires June 7, 1931, 



The following agreement entered into by the Trustees In- 
ternal Improvement Fund, Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District and Florida East Coast Rail- 
way Company, was ordered executed by the Trustees: 

AGREEMENT 

MEMORANDUM OF SUPPLEMENTAL AGREE- 
MENT. Entered into on this the 29th day of January, A. I). 
1929, by and between Doyle E. Carlton, Governor; Ernest 
Amos, Comptroller; W. V. Knott, Treasurer; Fred H. 
Davis, Attorney General, and Nathan Mayo, Commissioner 
of Agriculture, as and composing the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, as such 
officials, their successors and their successors in office, here- 
inafter designated ' ' Trustees, ' ' and Doyle E. Carlton, Gov- 



37 

ernor; Ernest Amos, Comptroller; W. V. Knott, Treasurer; 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, and Nathan Mayo, Com- 
missioner of Agriculture, as and composing the Board of 
Commissioners of the Everglades Drainage District, as such 
officials, their successors and their successors in office, here- 
inafter designated the ' * Commissioners, ' ' and Florida East 
Coast Railway Company, a corporation organized and ex- 
isting under the laws of the State of Florida, hereinafter 
designated the ' ' Company. ' ' 

WITNESSETH : 

That whereas on June 14th, 1922, an agreement was en- 
tered into between the Trustees and the Company, the Com- 
missioners in writing expressly concurring and agreeing 
and joining therein, concerning the granting of a right of 
way by the Trustees to the Company for an extension of 
the line of railroad of said Company from Okeechobee, Flor- 
ida, to a southern terminus at or near the city of Miami, 
Florida; and which said agreement of June 14, 1922, was, 
in certain respect, amended and modified by a first supple- 
mental agreement dated July 22nd, 1922, and by a second 
supplemental agreement dated August 27th, 1924, between 
the respective parties hereto; and 

WHEREAS, Sections 4, 5, 6, and 12 of the agreement 
of June 14th, 1922, as amended by said supplemental agree- 
ments, read as follows : 

"FOUR. The time allowed for commencement, 
. building and completion of said railroad is as fol- 
lows: For the commencement of const ruction upon 
said railroad at Okeechobee not later than March 
29th, 1923; for building and completion of said 
railroad to a point at or near Canal Point, a dis- 
tance of approximately thirty-three (33) miles, 
July 1st, 1925 ; for the building and completion of 
said railroad from a point at or near Canal Poin t 
to a point at or near the intersection of the North 
New River Canal and Lake Okeechobee, a distance 
of approximately forty-six (46) miles, January 
1st, 1926 ; for the building and completion of said 
railroad to a southern terminus at or near Miami, 
or at or near Fort Lauderdale, at the rate of twen- 
ty miles per year, from January 1st, 1926; if a 
greater number of miles is completed in any one 
year than stipulated herein, such excess mileage 



38 

for any one year shall be credited on the stipu- 
lated mileage for the following and succeeding 
years. All railway mileage constructed by the 
Company during any particular period of time or 
on or before any given date, shall be considered in 
determining whether the Company is in default re- 
specting construction for such particular period of 
time, or on its total program, as outlined herein 
and said Company shall not be considered in de- 
fault provided it has constructed during any par- 
ticular period of time, or on or before any given 
date, the total amount of railway mileage required 
hereunder to be constructed in said period of time 
or on or before said date, irrespective of the point 
or points on said extension where said construction 
may have been performed. 

"FIVE: Any time lost in the construction of 
said railroad, resulting from or due to the act of 
God or the public enemy, restraints of public 
authorities, floods, storms, excessive rainfall or 
other agencies of nature, strikes, congestion, em- 
bargoes, quarantine, epidemic or any other occur- 
rence or cause or causes beyond the control of the 
Company shall be deducted from the time allowed 
for the building of said railroad by the Company, 
and that portion during the construction of which 
such interruption or interruptions occur, and any 
and all time so lost shall be deducted not only 
for the section of railroad being constructed and 
the yearly period when the time is actually lost, 
but shall be added to the time allowed for building 
the portion of such railroad during the construc- 
tion of which such interruption or interruptions 
occur and to the time allowed per year for build- 
ing the road to its terminus, so that the final date 
for the completion of said railroad shall be ex- 
tended for a period equal to the total sum of the 
time lost by the Company from such causes. 

' ' SIX : In event the Company selects the route 
from the point at or near the intersection of said 
North New River Canal with said Lake Okeechobee 
through Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, 
Florida, in a southerly direction to the Miami 



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Canal and thence on the banks of the Miami Canal 
to a point at or near Miami, Florida, designated 
as (b) in paragraph one (1) it is agreed that the 
construction of said railroad will be dependent on 
the completion of said Miami Canal as now being 
widened and deepened by the Trustees and the 
necessary use of the material from the spoil banks 
resulting from such widening and deepening, for a 
roadbed; and if the Company is delayed in the 
building of said railroad along the bank of the 
Miami Canal by reason of the non-eompletion or 
delay in construction of said Miami Canal, then, 
and in that event, the time lost from such cause 
shall be deducted from the time allowed for the 
building of said railroad by said Company and 
shall not only be deducted from the yearly period 
when the time is actually lost, but^hall be added 
to the time allowed per year for building the road 
to its terminus, so that the final date for the com- 
pletion of said railroad shall be extended by a 
period equal to the sum total of the time lost by 
the Company from such causes, 

"TWELVE ; It is further mutually covenanted 
and agreed that unless the Company performs 
the covenants and agreements and complies with 
the conditions herein contained, then and in that 
event it shall forfeit all right, title and claim to 
the right of way and privileges herein granted and 
such right of way and privileges shall revert and 
return to the Trustees who shall thereby become 
reinvested with the title thereto, provided that 
if the Company shall have built and completed 
any portion of said railroad on said right of way 
before breach of any of said covenants or agree- 
ments or failure to comply with any of the condi- 
tions herein contained, then only that portion of 
the right of way on which the Company has not 
built and completed a railroad shall revert and 
return to the Trustees." 

1 PROVIDED, Further, that the Trustees may 
in writing waive such or any forfeiture arising or 
occurring under this contract, or extend b*K writing 
the time in which any of the acts or agreements of 
the Company stipulated herein may be done or 



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performed, which waiver or extension shall have 
the effect of restoring the rights of the Company 
by relieving it of any penalty or forfeiture in- 
curred, but only in respect to the matter specifi- 
cally waived in writing at the date of such waiver 
or extension, 

WHEREAS, by deed No. 17706, dated August 11th, 
11)26, and recorded in the public records of Dade County, 
Florida, in Deed Book 999, page 289, in the public records 
of Broward County, Florida, in Deed Book 135, page 48, 
and in the public records of Palm Beach County, Florida, 
in Deed Book 399, page 260, and by deed dated Mareh 
22nd, 1927, recorded in the public records of Palm Beach 
County, Florida, in Deed Book 414, page 403, and by deed 
dated August 2nd, 1927, recorded in the public records of 
Palrn Beach County, Florida, in Deed Book 423, page 222, 
the Trustees and Commissioners, in compliance with said 
agreements above mentioned, conveyed to the Railway Com- 
pany certain lands, rights and privileges therein described 
for railroad purposes ; and, 

WHEREAS, the Railway Company did prior to August 
1st, 1927, construct and put into operation for railroad 
purposes a single main track line of railroad from the City 
of Okeechobee in Okeechobee County, Florida, to the town 
<jf Chosen in Palm Beach County, Florida, a tlistance of 
45.39 miles, and from the Town of Hialeah in Dade Coun- 
ty, Florida, to the Town of Larkin in Dade County, Flor- 
ida, a distance of 10.60 miles, and a double main track line 
of railroad from the Town of Hialeah in Dade County, 
Florida, to the Town of Little River in Dade County, Flor- 
ida, a distance of 7.39 miles, and has thrown up and com- 
pleted the grading for a line of railroad for a distance of 
5.40 miles along the proposed line of said railroad north- 
westerly of said Town of Hialeah, but no track has been 
laid thereon, and said line of railroad from the City of 
Okeechobee to the City nf Miami, with the exception of the 
portion of said line between the Town of Chosen and the 
Town of Hialeah, has been constructed and put in operation 
for railroad purposes ; and 

WHEREAS, for good eause shown, the Railway Com- 
pany has been unable to complete the construction, in ac- 
cordance with said agreements, of said line of railroad be- 
tween the town of Chosen and the Town of Hialeah. and 



r 



41 



has requested that the time within which to build and con- 
struct said line between said points to be extended until 
January 1st, 1931: 

NOW, THEREFORE, This third supplemental agree- 
ment made and entered into between the parties aforesaid, 

WITNESSETH : 

That the parties hereto for and in consideration of the 
sum of ten dollars by each to the other paid, the receipt of 
the same being hereby acknowledged, and in further con- 
sideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth 
in said agreements dated June 14th, 1922, July 22, 1922, 
and August 27, 1924, and in consideration of the premises 
recited herein, hereby covenant and agree as follows : 

(a) That the time allowed the Company for commence- 
ment, building and completion of its line of railroad be- 
tween the town of Chosen, in Palm Beach County, Florida, 
and the Town of Hialeah in Dade County, Florida, is here- 
by extended until January 1, 1931; 

* (b) Said agreements of June 14, 1922, July 22nd, 1922, 
and August 27th, 1924, except as modified and changed by 
said paragraph " ( a ) * * above, are otherwise to remain in 
full force and effect. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have 
caused these presents to be executed in duplicate this the 
29th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. ' 
NATHAN MAYO, 
Commissioner of Agriculture. 

As and composing the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement 
Fund of the State of Florida. 



Signed, sealed and deliv- 
ered by the Trustees 
in the presence of: 
P. C. ELLIOT. 
JENTYE DEDGE. 



42 



J> 



Signed, sealed and deliv- 
ered by the Commis- 
sioners in the presence 
of: 

F. C. ELLIOT. 

JENTYE DEDGE. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO, " 
Commissioner of Agriculture. 
As and composing the Board of 
Commissioners of the Ever- 
glades Drainage District. 



FLORIDA EAST COAST 
RAILWAY COMPANY. 
By: H. N. RODENBAUGH, 
Vice-President. 



ATTEST : 
L. R. PINNELL, 

Assistant Secretary. 



Signed, sealed and deliv- 
ered by the Railway Co, 
in the presence of: 

J. W. FOX. 

H. W. MIER. 
( As to Vice-President ) 
MARGUERITE S. 

LYTLE. 
HAROLD B. WAHL. 
(As to Ass't. Sec'y.) 

State of Florida, I 

County of Leon. ] 

Before me, a Notary Public, in and for said County and 
State, on this day personally appeared Doyle E. Carlton, 
Governor; Ernest Amos, Comptroller- W. V. Knott, Treas- 
urer; Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, and Nathan Mayo, 
Commissioner of Agriculture, as and composing the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of 
Florida, to me well known to be such officials respectively, 
and to be the persons described in and who executed the 
foregoing instrument as such Trustees, and they severally 
acknowledged before me that they executed the same as such 
officials respectively for and on behalf of the State of Flor- 
ida, and the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of 
the State of Florida, for all the uses and purposes therein 
expressed. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I bave hereunto set my 
hand and official seal at Tallahassee, in said State and 
County, this the 29th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

M. 0. BARCO, 
Notary Public, State of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires July 10, 1929. 



43 
State of Florida, 1 

County of Leon. J 

Before me, a Notary Public in and for said County and 
State, on this day personally appeared Doyle E. Carlton, 
Governor ; Ernest Amos, Comptroller ; W. V. Knott, Treas- 
urer ; Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, and Nathan Mayo, 
Commissioner of Agriculture, as and composing the Board 
of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District, to me 
well known to be such officials respectively, and to be the 
persons described in and who executed the foregoing instru- 
ment as such Commissioners, and they severally acknowl- 
edged before me that they executed the same as such offi- 
cials respectively for and on behalf of the State of Florida, 
and the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District, for all the uses and purposes therein expressed. 

IN WITNESS "WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my 
hand and affixed my official seal at Tallahassee, in said 
State and County, this 29th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

M. 0. BAKCO, 

Notary Public, State 
of Florida at Large. 
My commisison expires July 10, 1929. 

State of Florida, "| 

St. J^ohns County. J 

I HEREBY CERTIFY that on this day personally ap- 
peared before me, an officer duly authorized to administer 
oaths and take acknowledgments, H. N. Rodeiibaugh, to me 
well known and to me well known to be Vice-President of 
Florida East Coast Railway Company, a corporation; and 
he acknowledged to and before me that he executed the 
foregoing instrument in the name and on behalf of said 
corporation for the uses and purposes therein expressed 
and under due authority from said corporation. 

WITNESS my hand and official seal in the State and 
County aforesaid, this 4th day of January, A. D. 1929. 

H. W. MIER, 
Notary Public, State 
of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires June 22, 1931. 



44 
State 
Duval 



of Florida, 1 
1 County. J 



I HEREBY CERTIFY that on this day personally ap- 
peared before me, an officer duly authorized to administer 
oaths and take acknowledgments, L. R. Pi nn el I, to me well 
known and to me well known to be Assistant Secretary of 
Florida East Coast Railway Company, a corporation; and 
she acknowledged to and before me that she joined in the 
execution of the foregoing conveyance as Assistant Secre- 
tary of said corporation and that she affixed thereto the 
corporate seal of said corporation for the uses and purposes 
therein expressed and under due authority from said corpo- 
ration. 

WITNESS MY HANI) AND OFFICIAL SEAL in the 
State and County aforesaid, this 5th day of January, A. D. 

MARIE R. KILLILAE, 

Notary Public, State 
of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires June 7. 1931. 



The foregoing agreements, duly executed, were ordered 
forwarded to Mr. Seott M. Loftin, General Counsel, Florida 
East Coast Railway Company. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. ELLIOT, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, January 3Q, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. ' 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



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Mr. Ben Sheppard of Miami appeared before the Trustees 
with reference to Entries Nos. 17143 and 17144, being 
sovereignty land sale between Trustees Internal Improve- 
ment Fund and Miami Real Estate Company— F. H. Rand, 
Jr., and Ben Sheppard, Trustees. Principal of the two 
mortgages amounts to $101,600.00 and interest from date 
of entries— March 1, 1924, to February 1st, 1929, amounts 
to $34,713.33. Mr. Sheppard requested the Trustees to 
draw a new agreement to include both principal and inter- 
est mentioned above; the payments by the new agreement 
to be as follows : 

No. 1— $34,078.34, due February 1, 1931; 
No. 2— $34,078.33, due February 1, 1932; 
No. 3— $34,078.33, due February 1, 1933, and 
No. 4— $34,078.33, due February 1, 1934, 

Together with interest at the rate of six per cent per 
annum. No interest to be paid until February 1, 1931, at 
which time the above mentioned Note No. 1, together with 
interest on all for two years is to be paid; interest after 
that date to be paid annually. 

The Trustees agreed to this proposition and it was so 
ordered. 

I'pon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E, CARLTON, 
Governor — C ha i rm an . 
ATTEST : 

F. C. ELLIOT, Secretary- 

Tallahassee, Florida, February 5, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Mr. W. A. Dutch, Chairman of the Board of Fire Con- 
trol, and Mr. L. "W. Jennings, attorney for said Board, 
were present to discuss with the Trustees the matter of 
budget for 1929 for the Board of Fire ControL- 

Mr. Amos suggested that Messrs. Dutch and Jennings 
leave a memorandum and letter in reference to the budget, 



to be taken up by the Trustees at their next meeting for 
final approval. 

A Quorum not being present the meeting was adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Aethig Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. ELLIOT, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, February 11, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of January 15th, 22nd and 29th, 1929, presented 
and approved. 

The request of Mr. E. P. Green for a deed to approxi- 
mately 40 acres of land in Manatee County, was again con- 
sidered and Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees abide by 
and confirm their action of November 13th, 1928, whereby 
they agreed to deed Mr, Green 6 acres of land for $50.00 
to clear up his title. Seconded by Mr. Amos and upon vote 
adopted. 

Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, was directed to write Mr. Green 
of the action taken. 



The Land Department presented a letter from Mr. 
Phillip O. Schoelles of Apalachieola, offering $200.00 for a 
small island of approximately 8 acres, known as Toe Head 
Marsh, near Apalachieola. 

Mr. Knott moved that the land be advertised for the 
highest bid and objections, provided Mr. Schoelles would 
bid not less than $200.00 for the island, the successful bid- 
der to pay for advertising and cost of survey. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 



An offer of $100.00 per acre was received from Bussey, 
Maun and Barton of St. Petersburg, for 16.50 acres of 
swamp land in Lot 4, Section 32, Township 32 South, Range 
16 East. 



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47 

Mr. Mayo moved that the land be advertised for the 
highest bid and objections, provided Bussey, Mann & 
Barton would agree to bid not less than $100.00 per acre 
on date of sale. Motion seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented a letter from Mr. H. H. 
Hart of Miami, with request for adjustment on land pur- 
chases in Palm Beach County, covered by 14 entries on 
which he is due approximately $23,624.89 principal and 
$4,052.80 taxes. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Land Department request Mr. 
Hart to pay the taxes on the land immediately and that 
extension on the payments would then be granted. Sec- 
onded and adopted. 



A report from Mr. A. E. Riehardson, Land Agent, was 
presented covering certain tracts of land referred to him 
for investigation, and the following action was taken: 

The sale of submerged land in Volusia County, adjacent 
to upland of Effie B. Wilder — Township 15 South, Range 
15 East, objected to by the Town of Holly Hill, Florida. 

Mr. Richardson reported that the Town of Holly Hill 
and Mr. Wilder, husband of Effie B. Wilder, had agreed on 
a plan of settlement and the Trustees would be advised as 
soon as definite action was taken. The matter was ordered 
held over until receipt of such information. 



Land in Section 12, Township 33 South, Range 31 East, 
Manatee County, applied for by McGowan-Forshee Lumber 
Company on an offer of $12.00 per acre for timber and 
land, was reported on by Mr. Richardson as being worth 
$19.00 per acre. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees sell the, timber at 
$10.00 per acre cash and allow the Company one year with- 
in which to remove same. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

The Land Department was directed to so advise Mc- 
Gowan-Forshee Lumber Company. 



The application of Mr. James A. Dew on his purchase of 
Lot 1, Section 11, Township 44 South, Range 36 East, was 
considered. Mr. Richardson reported that this land was 
worth $75.00 per acre taken as a whole. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees allow Mr. Dew to re- 
deed tbree- fourths of the land in the westerly part with 



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frontage on the lake and canal, and retain one-fourth for 
the amount paid. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. William Blanchard who purchased Tracts 14 and 15. 
Section 32, Township 50 South, Range 41 East, Newman's 
Survey, requested return of his first payment. 

Mr. Richardson reported that this land was worth $50.00 
an acre at *his time, was well drained and had an average 
depth of two feet of muck. 

Mr, Mayo moved that the Trustees deny Mr. Blanehard 's 
request for return of his money, as deed had been executed 
to him but on account of his failure to execute mortgage, 
was never [delivered. Motion seconded and adopted. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees deed to Mr. Blanchard 
acreage equal to his payment and that Mr. Richardson sub- 
mit a plat designating lots from which the selection is to be 
made. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Application of Mr. P. 0, Schoelles of Apalachieola for 
Gap Island in Township 9 South, Range 6 West, was re- 
ported on by Mr. Riehardson. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer of Mr. Schoelles be 
refused and that Mr, Elliot take steps to secure title to this 
Island for the Trustees as there was some question as to 
the title. 
Motion seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Application of Mr. A. M. Everett of Chipley, for land in 
Sections 4 and 10, Township 1 North, Range 13 West, and 
Section 34, Township 4 North, Range 14 West, offering 
$300.00 for the land, was reported on by Mr. Riehardson. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer of Mr. Everett be denied, 
but that the Trustees sell the land to him at a price of 
$1,000.00 with Porter Lake included. Seconded by Mr. 
Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



The Trustees were notified that a land hearing would be 
held in West Palm Beach on the 26th of February, to de- 
termine the character of Section 30, Township 41 South, 
Range 39 East. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees defend the claim and 
that Mr, Bayless of the Land Department be present at the 
hearing as a witness for the State. Seconded and adopted. 



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A telegram from Mr. H. C Rorick, relative to sale of 
land in the vicinity of Lone Cabbage Island was read and 
ordered referred to Mr. Melntosh, Counsel, for attention. 



Upon application of Brown Company of Portland, Maine, 
with offer to bid not less than the amount of all taxes and 
costs, the following advertisement was ordered placed in 
the Palm Beach Post: 

' NOTICE 

Tallahassee. Florida. 
February 5, 1929 

NOTICE is hereby given in compliance with the provi- 
sions of Section 1175 Revised General Statutes of Florida, 
that the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of 
the State of Florida will on Tuesday, March 12th, 1929, 10 
o'clock A. M. at Tallahassee, offer for sale the following 
described lands lying and being in PALM BEACH County. 
Florida : 

Ey 4 of NW% of NWy 4 , wy» of NEy 4 of NWy 4 
of NWy 4 , Wy, of Wy. of NE*4 of SEy 4 and Ey> 
of Wy 2 of NEy of SEy 4 (South of Canal) in Sec- 
tion 3. Township 45 South, Range 38 East ; 

All Tracts 3 and 16, Section 13; Sy 2 Tract 1 and 
all Tract 12, Section 25 ; all Tracts 12~and 15, Sec- 
tion 29, Township 46 South, Range 39 East. 

Bids will be received therefor at Tallahassee, Florida, 
until 10 o'clock A . M. on date of sale. 
TERMS : Cash. 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 
By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 



LTT 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
EST ■ 
F. C. ELLIOT, Secretary. 



The Trustees having agreed to sell to Pinellas County. 
for ! road purposes, certain land in Pinellas County, the fol- 
lowing advertisement was placed in the Clearwater Sun: 






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NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
February 8, 1929 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, March 19th, 1929, at 
Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following described 
land in PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA : 

Commencing at the southwest corner of the 
southeast quarter of Section 34, Township 28 
South, Range 16 East, and run North 3 degrees 00' 
West 701 feet to the center line of Grand Central 
Avenue according to Washington's Subdivision as 
recorded in Book 1, Page 50, Pinellas County 
(Hillsborough) Records, thence turn an angle of 
90 degrees 00' to the right and run 2,325.5. feet ; 

Thenee turn an angle of 64 degrees 04' to the 
left and run 41.57 feet; 

Thence turn an angle of 67 degrees 14' to the 
right and run 71.58 feet to a point of beginning. 

From said point of beginning continue along the 
last mentioned line extended, bearing being South 
89 degrees 50' East 36.87 feet; 

Thence turn an angle of 67 degrees 14' to the 
left and run 32.24 feet ; 

Thenee turn an angle of 4 degrees 19' to the 
right and run 283.8 feet to the produced south line 
of Washington Avenue ; 

Thence turn an angle of 120 degrees 15' to the 
left and run south 87 degrees 00' west along the 
south produced line of Washington Avenue 39.36 
feet; 

Thence turn an angle of 59 degrees 45' to the 
left and run 265.25 feet ; 

Thence turn an angle of 4 degrees 19' to the left 
and run 47.8 feet to the point of beginning ; 

Containing .25 of an acre, more or less, lying aud 
being in Section 34, Township 28 South, Range 
16 East, Pinellas County, State of Florida, copy of 
plat to be attached to deed. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 



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or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity to present the same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. ELLIOT, Secretary. 



Mr. W. A. Dutch, Chief Fire Warden, and Mr. L. W. 
Jennings, Attorney, of the Board of Fire Control were 
present on the 5th instant to present Budget of the Board 
for 1929, but a quorum not being present the matter was 
held over until this date. The following Budget was pre- 
sented for the consideration of the Trustees: 

PROPOSED BUDGET FOR 1929 

Extra Labor and care of men in field $ 10,000.00 

Salary, Chief Fire Warden 3,000.00 

Deputy Fire Wardens 10—12 mo. $100.00 per 

month 12,000.00 

Tractors for Hire 26,200.00 

Men with above tractors 10,000.00 

Other general equipment 5,000.00 

Legal Services 3,600.00 

Salary Secretary to Board 3,000.00 

Salary Two Assistant Fire Wardens 4,800.00 

Office Rent • 600.00 

Operation, repairs on three fire trucks. Board 

of Fire Control Automobile 600.00 

Incidental Expenses Board '. 4,000.00 

Contingent Fund 15,000.00 

Commissions, Tax Assessors & Tax Collectors . , 2,200.00 



$100,000.00 

Any of the above items ean be reduced or increased, but 
in no case shall the total amount of the Budget, as above 
made, be increased. 

Any amount not expended shall be earried forward in 
the fund. 



Mr. Davis moved that the Trustees approve the 
$100,000.00 Budget of the Board of Fire Control for the 



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year 1929. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote unani- 
mously adopted. 

A letter was read from Mr. L. W. Jennings, Attorney 
for the Board of Fire Control, calling attention to the 
fact that Chapter 10116 provides that the Fire Board 
cannot exceed the budget approved by the Trustees, and 
requesting the Trustees to consider the approval of a 
larger budget. 

Mr. Amos moved that an emergency fund of $48,700.00 
be approved by the Trustees to be expended by the Board 
of Fire Control upon the approval of the Governor. Second- 
ed by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 

In connection with the approval of the Budget, the 
Trustees recommended that the Board of Fire Control com- 
bine the offices of Attorney and Secretary, to be placed 
under the control of the Attorney and thus eliminate one 
salary. The Secretary was directed to advise Mr. Dutch 
of the approval of the Budget with the recommendation 
as above. 



Bills of the Board of Fire Control amounting to $3,- 
107.50 approved by said Board, were passed by the Trustees 
and ordered transmitted to the Comptroller for warrants 
to b&.issued against the Fire Tax Fund. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh. Counsel, presented letter from 
Mr. W. H. Rogers, Attorney of Jacksonville, requesting 
permission to make the Trustees parties to a suit for the 
purpose of recovering damages on an injunction Bond 
against his client, A. O. Henderson, purchaser of land 
from the Trustees, at no cost to the Trustees. 

It was ordered that Mr. Rogers be granted permission 
to make the Trustees parties to the suit provided the 
Trustees would be put to no expense in the suit. 



Mr. Mcintosh presented a letter from Mr. William Pope, 
Attorney of Ft. Lauderdale, with reference to the Eject- 
ment suit of the Trustees against Reed Bryan, in which 
he stated that Mr. Bryan was willing to purchase the sub- 
merged lands in front of his upland at a price of $50.00 
per acre, if the Trustees would pay for the survey. 

Mr. Mcintosh was directed to write Mr. Pope that the 
fixed policy of the Board was to require the purchaser 
of submerged lands to seeure and pay for survey, which 



must be acceptable to the Trustees; that the price of 
$50.00 per acre was made on this basis and it would be 
necessary for Mr. Bryan, if he desired to purchase the 
land in question, to pay for the survey. 



Financial Statement for the month of January, 1929, 
was presented and ordered placed of record: 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JANUARY, 1929 

Balance in Fund January 1, 1929 $479,101.30 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923. and Ch. 10024. 
Acts of 1925 16,989.51 

Interest due 12-31-1928 on Peli- 
can Lake Sub-District 6% 
Drainage Bonds owned by 
Fund 360.00 

From redemption Peliean Lake 
Sud-Distriet 6% Drainage 
Bonds (matured), at par 1,000.00 

Hefund on account of overpay- 
ment of taxes in Broward Coun- 
ty (Comptroller's Warrant No. 
74036— Drainage Tax Fund).. 518.46 

Interest on deposits for quarter 

ending 12-31-1928 3,349.94 

From II. C. Rorick on account 
Certificate No. 17463 3,934.05 

From Land Sales ($18,152.'97) 
less 25% to State School Fund 
($4,538.25) 13,614.72 

$518,867.78 
Less Disbursements 267,241.62 

Balance on hand February 1, 

1929 $251,626.16 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 250,626.16 

$251,626,16 



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BALANCES IN BANKS FEBRUARY 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla .$ 16,865.11 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 40,804.84 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 

ville, Fla. 34,163.42 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 24,295.58 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 42.324.30 

Capital City Bank. Tallahassee, 

Fla 27,149.77 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 27,037.66 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 37,985.48 



$250,626.16 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Date Check 

1929 No. In Favor of: Amount 

Jan. 1, 7622 R. G. Holgate, Refund a/c 
Reconveyance of land under 

Entry No. 17330 $ 20,690.00 

7623 Trustees* I. I. Fund a/e de- 
ductions under Entries No. 
17959, 17960 and 17961 .... 7,307.50 
Jan. 15. 7624 E, B. Leatherman, C. C. C. . . 1.55 

7625 Fred E. Fenno, C. C .C 5.65 

7626 W. H. May, Postmaster 25.25 

7627 Southern Telephone & Con- 

struction Co. 4.25 

7628 Western Union Telegraph Co. 3.01 

7629 Postal Telegraph Cable Co... 1.03 

7630 The H. & W. B. Drew Co 40.00 

7631 K. B. O'Quinn, C. C. C 2.60 

7632 Bd. of Commrs. Ev. Dr. Dist. 

a/e Drainage Tax Certifi- 
cates of 1927 75,000.00 

7633 Do 75,000.00 

7634 Do 79,667.42 



Date 


Check 


1929 


No. 


fan. 31, 


7635 




7636 




7637 




7638 




7639 




7640 




7641 




7642 




7643 




7644 




7645 




7646 




7647 




7648 



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In favor of ; Amount 

P. C. Elliot $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh 285.23 

A. R. Richardson 686.11 

Elgin Bavless 233.34 

A. C. Bridges 80.00 

Jentye Dedge 75.00 

Edwin Barnes, Jr. 50.00 

R. W. Ervin 233.34 

Mrs. A. J. Ethredge ......... 36.29 

Robert Wyni* 40.00 

W. H. May, Postmaster 45.00 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney Gen- 
eral 60.55 

J. M. Griffin 266.95 

Bd. pf Commrs. Ev. Dr. Dist. 
a/c Bal. Taxes on lands 
owned by Trustees in Brow- 
ard County 6,876.55 

7649 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 



$267,241.62 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

Wallis Engineering Company, Tallahassee, Fla.$ 2.72 
Southern Telephone & Construction Co., Talla- 
hassee, Fla 5.95 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Pla. . . 4.84 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 9.25 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Pla., expense ac- 
count 352.77 

M. C. Mcintosh, Tallahassee, Pla., expense ac- 
count 7.25 

Old Dutch Carbon & Ribbon Co., Jacksonville, 

Pla 23.40 

Claud Conner, C. C. C, Inverness, Fla 5.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla. 2,896.35 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla 5.80 

Frank A. Bryan, C. C. C, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 1.55 

P. C. Eldred, C. C. C, Fort Pierce, Fla 1.60 

Clearwater Sun, Clearwater, Fla. 13.50 

Tampa Daily News, Tampa, Fla 38.50 

The News Publishing Co., DeLand, Pla 53.25 



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The Miami Herald. Miami, Fla .$ 4,448.23 

Robert H. Roesch, C. C. C, Bradenton, Fla... 184.34 

The Citizens Publishing Col, Key West, Pla. . . . 741.90 

W. C. Poster Company, Chicago, III 33.46 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla. 7.13 

Bob Simpson, T. C, Miami. Fla 2,149.90 

E. W. Russell. C. C. C, Everglades, Pla 2.00 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 



$ 10,988.69 



Governor-Chairman. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, February 19. 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E, Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. Y. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred It. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, 

Mr. Vernon Hawthorn of Miami presented the case of 
his client, Aldredge A. Thomas, who homesteaded Lots 1, 
2, 3, and 4 and the NW14 of NEVi of Section 26, Township 
59 South, Range 39 East— 160.39 acres— Gainesville Entry 
No. 018999, and stated that Mr. John M. Sutton, then 
Selecting Agent of the Trustees, on March 13, 1926, had 
filed swamp land selection — Gainesville Entry No. 020839, 
which was denied by the Registrar. The case was again 
appealed by the State and denied and in the third instance-, 
was appealed to the Secretary of the Interior who in ruling 
on the case denied the appeal unless the State would pay 
all expenses incurred by claimant. 

Attorney General Davis moved that the Trustees do not 
pursue the case further, in view of the fact that the State's 
appeal had been denied three times and it would be n need- 
les- expense to contest it further. Seconded by Mr. Knott 
and upon vote adopted. 



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Messrs. Smith, O'Neal and Osborn, County Commission- 
ers of Palm Beach County, requested the Trustees to con- 
sider the sale of Pelican Lake to twelve farmers in that sec- 
tion with an offer of $50.00 per acre for approximately 
1,000 acres; the expense of survey and reclamation to be 
borne by the purchasers. 

Mr. Amos moved that the matter be referred to Mr. El- 
liot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secretary, to ascertain 
the cost of survey and the installation of pumping plants 
for draining the area. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon 
vote adopted. • 

Mr. J. Stuart Lewis again presented the matter taken 
up with the Trustees December 18, 1928, requesting the 
payment of bills presented on behalf of the City of Jack- 
sonville and counties of Jefferson and Leon, which the 
Trustees on January 1, 1929, agreed to pay less one-fourth 
to the School Fund. Mr. Lewis requested that the one- 
fourth deduction not be made as he did not think the Trus- 
tees were authorized to deposit this amount to the School 
Fund. \ 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees approve the payment 
of 75 per cent as agreed on January 1st, without prejudice, 
and that the Counsel for the Trustees go into the matter 
further with reference to payment of one-fourth to the 
School Fund. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and adopted. 

The following amounts were approved for payment : 

City of Jacksonville $1,648.35 

Jefferson County 540.86 

Leon County 7,645.46 



Land advertised for sale on this date in Pinellas County, 
upon application of Webb & Yates for their clients, was 
considered and no objections being presented or filed, sale 
was made as follows: 

To J. W. Bale and Andrew Golden — 1.11 acres 
in Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East ; 

To Alva C. Roebuck— 0.48 acres in Section 33, 
Township 31 South, Range 16 East ; 

To George H. Massey and Minnie E. Massey — 
0,93 acres in Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 
16 East; 



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To J. G. WUlson and Harriet H. Willson— 0.34 
of an acre in Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 
16 East; 

at & price of $100.00 per acre. The Land Department was 
requested to issue deeds to above parties. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from Judge 
John L. Doggett of Jacksonville, relative to partial release 
of mortgages on lands desired for right of way purposes, 
on which computation was made on a pro rata basis of the 
mortgage instead of purchase price. 

The Trustees directed that, as releases were made on a 
basis of purchase price, the matter be referred to Counsel 
to adjust with Judge Doggett. 



On January 29, 1929, Mr, Clyde Atkinson presented Tax 
Certificates amounting to $765.65 issued against lands on 
which the Trustees hold mortgage. Purchasers of the land, 
Tatum Brothers of Miami, having been notified to take up 
these certificates and no reply having been received, the 
Trustees ordered that check for $765.65 be issued to Mr. 
Atkinson and the certificates taken up and cancelled. 



The Land Department reported that the Trustees held 
several notes of Tatum Brothers that are past due and no 
collection could be made on them. 

Mr. Davis moved that past due mortgages of Tatum 
Brothers be foreclosed. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented oil lease to J. B. Dill, which was 
forwarded to the First National Bank of Miami with tax 
statement and draft in the amount of $1,712.84 which Mr. 
Dill failed to take up. 

Mr. Amos moved that the lease be cancelled. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. J. B. Jeffries having made application to the Gov- 
ernor for proxy to vote the acreage of the Trustees at a 
meeting of South Florida Conservancy District to be held 
March 12, 1929, to elect a supervisor, the Trustees upon 
motion duty seconded and adopted, authorized the issuance 
of a proxy to Mr. Jeffries. 



The 1929 budget of the Board of Fire Control as finally 
approved by the Trustees is as follows: 



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BUDGET 

BOARD OP FERE CONTROL 

FOR 1929 



Extra labor and care of men in the field $ 10,000.00 

Salary, Chief Fire Warden 3,000.00 

Deputy Fire Wardens — 10 for 12 mos. at 

$100.00 per mo 12,000.00 

Tractors for hire 26,200.00 

Men with above tractors 10,000.00 

Other general equipment 5,000.00 

Legal services 3,600.00 

Salary, Secretary to Board 3,000.00 

Salary, two Assistant Fire Wardens. 4,800.00 

Office rent 600.00 

Operation repairs on three fire trucks and 

Board of Fire Control automobile 600.00 

Incidental expenses of Board 4,000.00 

Contingent Fund 15,000.00 

Commissions, Tax Assessors and Tax Collectors 2,200.00 
Emergency Fund (to be expended upon ap- 
proval of Governor) 48,700.00 



$148,700.00 

Any of the above items can be reduced or increased, 
but in no case shall the total amount of the Budget, as 
above, be increased. 

Any amount not expended shall be earned forward in 
the Fund. 

Bnssey, Mann and Barton of St. Petersburg, Florida, 
having made application to purchase land for their client, 
Murok Realty Company, the Trustees agreed to advertise 
the land ; for the highest bid and the following advertise- 
ment wajs ordered placed in the Clearwater Sun : 
I 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, February 19, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the State of Florida will receive com- 
petitive bids in open session, at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, 
March 26th, 1929, at Tallahassee, Florida, for the follow- 
ing described land in PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA: 



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Lot 4, Section 32. Township 32 South, Range 
16 East, Pinellas County. 
Containing 16.05 acres. 

TERMS: Cash, or one-fourth cash and balance in one, 
two and three years with 6 per cent interest on deferred 
payments. 
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 
By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 
DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C, Elliott, Secretary. 



The following bills were approved and orderetl 

J. L. Barber, C. C. C, Okeechobee, Fla. * 

Burroughs Adding Machine Co., Jacksonville, 

Fla 

The Everglades News, Canal Point, Fla 

Glades Printing Companv, Moore Haven, Fla.. 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C.'C, Miami, Fla 

The Sebring American, Sebring, Fla 

Wm. T. Hull, ('. C. ('.. LaBelle, Fla 

Bob Simpson, T. C, Miami, Fla 

Frank A. Bryan, C. C. C. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

J. P. Moore, T. C, Moore Haven, Fla 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach. Fla. 
Clyde W. Atkinson, Tallahassee. Fla 



paid : 
3.00 

.25 

3.20 

2.40 

6.55 

26.10 

33.00 

4.934.78 

234.57 

27.47 

2.90 

765.65 



$ 6,039.87 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST: . Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 






Tallahassee, Florida, February 26, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present; 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 
Minutes of the Trustees of February 11th and 19th, pre- 
sented and approved. 



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A letter was presented from Judge John L, Doggett of 
Jacksonville, requesting the Trustees to allow partial re- 
leases for railroad rights-of-way to be based on propor- 
tionate part of the mortgages as computed in letter to Mr. 
Mcintosh, Counsel. 

Mr. Knott moved that the request be granted. Seconded 
and adopted. 



The Trustees ordered deeds executed to the United States 
of America to land owned by the State near the entrance 
of the St. Johns River, on the north and south side, to be 
used in connection with maintenance and improvement of 
ship channel. 



Attorney General Davis made a motion that the Land 
Department write Mr. Fred M. Valz of Jacksonville, rela- 
tive to disposition of check deposited with the Trustees as 
payment on Hunter's Island in Palm Beach County, which 
island was withdrawn from sale on account of objections. 
Motion seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Alfred 
Wagg of West Palm Beach, requesting adjustment on land 
purchases of Mr. H. H. Hart of Miami, 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to advise 
Mr. Wagg that as Mr. Hart has not kept up the interest or 
paid any part of the principal for about eight years, they 
feel that thev have shown him all necessary consideration. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Carl T. 
Hoffman of Miami, representing his client James C. Flan- 
nery, purchaser of land from the Trustees, requesting ad- 
justment on his purchases. 

The Land Department was directed to write Mr. Hoffman 
and request him to make a proposition whereby Mr. Flan- 
nery can retain the entire acreage, upon receipt of which 
the Trustees will consider the matter and advise their 
action. 



Upon motion seconded and adopted, the following bills 
were approved and ordered paid : 
F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 



A. R. Richardson. Land Agent $ 333.34 

Elgin Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

Edwin Barnes, Jr., Tax Clerk . . ". 50.00 

Hattie Bell. Stenographer 83.33 

R. W. EjwhCGeneral I'tilitv Man 233.34 

C. B. ifiwynn. Land Clerk . 300.00 

City *>f Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla 1,648.35 

Jefferson County, Monticello, Fla 540.86 

Leon County, Tallahassee, Fla 7,645.46 



Hsll.677.18 
Upon potion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. /ELLIOT, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, February 27, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date<in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

DoyleXE, Carlton, Governor. 
ErnestYAmos, Comptroller. 
\V. V. Ivnott, Treasurer. 
Kred Hi Davis, Attorney General. 
• Njathap/ Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Proxy was ordered issued to Mr. F. E. Bryant to cast 
1,290 votes of the Trustees for the election of Messrs. Jerni- 
gan, Patterson and Johnson as supervisors of Pahokee 
Drainage District at a meeting to be held March 1st, 1929, 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. ELLIOT, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
March 11, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 



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Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of January 30th, February 26th 
and 27th, 1929, presented and approved. 



The Land Clerk presented application of Kerr & Peebles 
to purchase submerged land for client, William A. Clark. 
adjacent to his upland in Pinellas County, offering $100.00 
per acre for same. 

It was ordered that the land be sold at the above price. 
subject to advertisement for objections, whereupon the 
following Notice was ordered plaeed in the Clearwater 
Sun. 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, March 12, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting Tuesday, April 16th, 1929, 10 o'clock A. M., at 
Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following described 
submerged land in PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida: 

Beginning at a point which is 989.5 feet North 
and 9,10 feet West of the Southeast Corner of 
Government Lot No. 1, Section 27, Township 28 
South, Range 15 East, Pinellas County, Florida. 
to a point of beginning at the Southwest Corner 
of property owned by William A. Clark and 
at the high water line of Clearwater Bay. 

Thence run North 27 degrees 59' West 112.6 
feet; 

Thence West 652 feet to the East line of the 
Govennment Channel; 

Thence South 27 degrees 59" East along the 
East line of the said Government Channel 112,6 
feet; 

Thence East 652 feet to point of beginning. 

Containing 1.50 acres, more or less. 



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Lying ami being in Section 27. Township 28 
South, Ratine 15 East, Pinellas County, State of 
Florida. 
This notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST; 

F. C. ELLIOTT, Secretary. 



The Land Clerk presented application of P. F. Fnssel- 
man, for client Julia S. Lucky, and Webb & Yates, for 
client Tracony Trust Company, to purchase land in Pinel- 
las County adjacent to their uplands, offering $100.00 per 
acre for same. 

The Trustees agreed to sell the land at the above price 
and ordered the following notice placed in the Clearwater 



Sun: 

NOTICE 



Tallahassee, Florida, March 11, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold 
a meeting at 10 o 'clock A. M., Tuesday, April 16, 1929, at 
Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following described 
submerged land in PINELLAS County, Florida: 

Begin at a point 3,641.77' South of and 631'* 
East of the NW corner of the NE14 of Section 33, 
Township 31 South, Range 16 East, which point 
of beginning is also the SW corner of Water Lot 
7, of Chase & Howard's Subdivision of Lot 4, of 
Torres Subdivision of Government Lot 1, of Sec- 
tion 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East, and 
recorded in Plat Book 1, page 11, of the Records 
of Pinellas County, Florida, 

From the point of beginning run South 560', 

Thence East 38.88'; 

Thence North 560' ; 

Thence West 38.82' to the point of beginning, 
being the submerged or sovereignty lands ad- 



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jacent to Water Lot 7, Chase & Howard's Sud- 
division of Lot 4, of Torres Subdivision, as de- 
i scribed above. 

Containing 0.50 acres, more or less. 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County, State of 
Florida. 

ALSO: 

Begin at a point 3,643.77' South of and 24' 
West of NW corner of the NE& of Section 33, 
Township 31 South. Range 16 East, which point of 
beginning is also the SW corner of Lot 1 of Tor- 
res Subdivision of Lot 5, of Government Lot No. 
1 of Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 
East, according to map recorded in Deed Book 
G, page 553 of the Records of Hillsboro County, 
Florida. 

From the point of beginning run East 200' ; 

Thence South 556' ; 

Thence West 200' ; 

Thence North 556', to the point of beginning. 

Being the submerged or sovereignty land ad- 
jacent to Lots 1 and 2 of Torres Subdivision as 
described above. 

Containing 2.56 acres, more or less. 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County, State of 
Florida. 

This notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 



The Land Department presented letter from Axel Jen- 
sen of Pahokee, requesting extension on his note due June, 
1929. 

Mr. Aunts moved that an extension of one year be 
granted. Seconded by Mr, Davis and upon vote adopted. 

3—1. I. F. 



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Ed Gallon, colored, of Aucilla, made an offer of $300.00 
for timber on Section 16 (School Section) and Section 28, 
Township 2 North, Range 6 East, Jefferson County. 

Upon report from Mr, Richardson, Land Agent, as to 
value of timber in these Sections, Mr. Amos moved that 
the offer be rejected. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Davis moved that the timber on the two sections be 
sold at a price of $1,500.00 with a cash deposit of $200.00. 
The timber to be paid for at the rate of $2.00 per thousand 
feet every two weeks; the purchaser to furnish mill scale 
when making payments; $200,00 deposit to be forfeited 
if agreement not carried out. Seconded and upon vote 
adopted. The school Board concurred in the agreement as 
to sale of timber on Section 16. 

The Land Department was directed to submit this offer 
to Ed Gallon. 



Brown Company of Portland, Maine, having applied to 
purchase lands, title to which had vested in the Trustees 
for non-payment of Drainage taxes, in Section 3, Town- 
ship 45 South, Range 38 East, and Sections 13, 25 and 29, 
Township 46 South, Range 39 East— 247 acres — in Palm 
Beach County, the Trustees agreed to advertise the land 
for competitive bids, the bid to be not less* than the amount 
of taxes, penalties and costs. Original owners of the land 
having been notified that the land would be sold on this 
date and no replies received, the bid of Brown Company 
of $1,094.84, which was the highest and best bid, was ac- 
cepted and deeds ordered issued to said company. 

Brown Company agreed, should original owners desire 
other lands, to sell them lands of equal value at the same 
price paid for the above lands, pins accumulated interest 
and taxes. 



Mr, W. T. Wall is, Jr., made the following offer for land 
in Palm Beach County, located in Pelican Lake and Peli- 
can Bay, Township 42 South, Range 37 East : 

"For that portion of Pelican Lake lying above 
the 16-foot contour, Punta Rassa Datum, the sum 
of $75.00 per acre, and for that portion below 
said 16-foot contour, the sum of $50.00 per acre is 
offered, with the area within the fixed banks of 
Pelican River excepted from such sale. 



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"The sum of $30,000.00 is offered for Pelican 
Bay. 

"Upon acceptance of above bid at a public sale 
all necessary surveys will be executed under and 
subject to the approval of the Trustees and at the 
expense of the purchaser. 

"Terms of the sale to be one- fourth cash — one, 
two and three years at six per cent interest with 
the privilege of releasing forty acre units of above 
lands from the provisions of the mortgage upon 
payment of the pro rata share of the outstanding 
balance of the mortgage." 

Mr. Davis moved that the proposition and offer of Mr. 
"Wallis be filed for consideration when the above land is 
advertised for sale. Seconded by Mr. Amos and upon vote 
adopted. 



The Secretary presented certificates held by Mr. C. W. 
Atkinson of Tallahassee, covering land on which the Trus- 
tees hold mortgage from Miss Ruth Catts. 

The Trustees directed Mr, Mcintosh, counsel, to take the 
matter up with Mr. Sidney J. Catts with a view of secur- 
ing payment for taking up the certificates. 



Mr. J. P. Conrad, Supervisor-Treasurer of Southern 
Drainage District, made application for proxy to vote the 
acreage of the Trustees at a landowners meeting to be held 
in June, 1929, for the purpose of electing a Supervisor for 
the District. 

Upon motion duly seconded and adopted, the Trustees 
authorized the issuance of a proxy to Mr. Conrad to vote 
the holdings of the State at said meeting. 



Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, presented application of 
Mr. Thos. H, Horobin for permit to take sand for fill pur- 
poses from land in Township 52 South, Range 42 East, at 
a price of One Cent per cubic yard. 

The application of Mr, Horobin was denied as the land 
in question was not adjacent to his uplands, but of other 
parties. 



Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that Mr. Asa E. 
Maige, who was operating under Sand Lease from the Trus- 
tees, was in arrears three months in his payments. 



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The Trustees ordered that Mr. Maige be notified that if 
payment was not made immediately, permit would be can- 
celled and bond called on for settlement. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson presented letter from Standard 
Dredging Company, requesting cancellation of bond filed 
with permit, which permit was cancelled January 31st, 1929. 

The Trustees ordered that the bond of Standard Dredg- 
ing Company be cancelled and the Bonding Company fur- 
nished with copy of this Minute, 



Mr. A. R. Richardson reported that he had an offer of 
$10.00 per acre for 138 acres of land in the NE*4 of Sec- 
tion 35, Township 34, Range 20, owned by the Trustees in 
Manatee Valley Drainage District. 

The offer was accepted by the Trustees and deed ordered 
issued to purchaser. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson advised that it was necessary to 
trade in his Ford car on a new one and requested the Trus- 
tees to pay the difference between the two cars and allow 
him to make reimbursement by monthly payments. 

Mr. Amos moved that Mr. Richardson be authorized to 
purchase the new ear on the basis as above, title to remain 
in the Trustees until final payment. Seconded by Mr. Davia 
and upon vote adopted. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla.. .$ 1.07 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla 1.03 

WallLs Engineering Co., Tallahassee, Fla 107.75 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, Tallahassee, Fla 76.19 

F. E. Bayless, Tallahassee, Fla 64.27 

Southern Tele. & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 4.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 35.50 

The H. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla 3.48 

W. P. Andrews, T. C. LaBelle, Fla 14.34 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla 1.45 

Samuel D. Jordan. DeLand, Fla 1.50 

The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla 9.00 

The Old Dutch Carbon & Ribbon Co., Jacksonville, 

Fla 9.00 

D. S. Weeks, C. C. C, Moore Haven, Fla. ". 4.07 

J. P. Moore. T. C. Moore Haven, Fla. 6.60 



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by 

W. P. Andrews, T. C, LaBelle, Pla 3,661.00 

The Clearwater Sun, Clearwater, Fla 39.36 

\Leo M. Butler, Clearwater, Fla 10.00 

a. J. Wagner, Tallahassee, Fla 62.00 

$4,111.86 

Bills of the Board of Fire Control, amounting to $3,523.56 
approved by said Board and passed by the Trustees, were 
ordered transmitted to the Comptroller for warrants to be 
issued. 

Financial statement for the month of February, 1929, 
was presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR FEBRUARY, 1929 

Balance in Fund February 1, 

1929 $251,626.16 

From Land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 3,951.31 

From land leases 22.00 

From land sales ($1,122.08) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($280.52) 841.56 

$256,441.03 
Less Disbursements 28,705.74 

Balance on hand March 1, 1929. $227,735.29 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 226,735.29 

$227,735.29 

BALANCES IN BANKS MARCH 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 16,865.11 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 40,804.84 



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Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Pla 35,756.36 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 24,295.58 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 42,324.30 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 10,152.28 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 27,037.66 

Lewis State Bank. Tallahassee, 

Fla. 29,499.16 



$226,735.29 



Date Check 
1929 No. 
Feb. 12, 7650 
7651 

7652 
7653 
7654 
7655 
7656 

' 7657 
7658 
7659 
7660 
7661 
7662 
7663 
7664 

7665 
7666 
7667 
7668 
7669 
7670 
7671 
19, 7672 
7673 



DISBURSEMENTS 



In Favor of: Amount 

Wallis Engineering Co * 2.72 

Southern Telephone & Const r. 

Co 5.95 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 4.84 

T. J, Appleyard, Inc. 9.25 

A. R. Richardson 352.77 

M. C. Mcintosh 7.25 

Old Dutch Carbon & Ribbon 

Co 23.40 

Claud Connor, C. C. C 5.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 2,896.35 

E, li. Leatherman, C. C. C. . . 5.80 

Frank A Bryan, C. C. C 1.55 

P. C. Eldred, C. C. C 1160 

The Clearwater Sun 13.50 

The Tampa Daily News 38.50 

The News Publishing Co. { De- 
Land) 53.25 

The Miami Herald 4,448.23 

Robert H. Roesch, C. C. C 184.34 

The Citizens Publishing Co... 741.90 

W. C. Foster Company 33.46 

Western Union Telegraph Co. 7.13 

Bob Simpson, T. C 2.149.90 

E. W. Russell, C. C. C 2.00 

J. L. Barber, C. C. C 3.00 

Burroughs Adding Machine 

Co .25 



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Date Cheek 
1929 No. 
Feb. 19, 7674 
7675 

7676 
7677 
7678 
7679 
7680 
7681 
7682 
7683 
28, 7684 
7685 
7686 
7687 
7688 
7689 
7690 
7691 
7692 
7693 
7694 
7695 
7696 



In favor of : Amount 

The Everglades News $ 3.20 

The Glades Printing Company 2.40 

B. B. Leatherman, C. C. C... 6.55 

The Sebring American 26.10 

Wm. T. Hull, C, C. C - 33.00 

Bob Simpson, T. C 4,934.78 

Frank A. Bryan, C. C. C... 234.57 

J. P, Moore, T. C. 27.47 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 2.90 

Clvde W. Atkinson 765.65 

F. C. Elliott 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

A. R. Richardson 333.34 

Elgin Bayless 233.34 

A. C. Bridges 80.00 

Jentye Dedge 75.00 

Edwin Barnes, Jr 50.00 

Hattie Bell 83.33 

R. W. Ervin 233.34 

City of Jacksonville 1,648.35 

Jefferson County 540.86 

Leon County 7,645.46 

C. B. Gwynn 300.00 



$ 28,705.74 



Upon motion the Trustees recessed to meet at 3 :30 P. M. 



March 11, 1929, 3:30 O'clock P. M. 

The Trustees met from recessed meeting of the morning, 
with all members present. 

Dr. J. H. Pittman of West Palm Beach presented to the 
Trustees the proposition to purchase from them a mort- 
gage covering 640 acres of land in Palm Beach County, 
being Section 9, Township 43 South, Range 37 East. The 
mortgage outstanding in favor of the Trustees being $43,- 
200.00. ~ 

The Trustees declined to accept the proposition. 

A counter proposition was made by the Trustees to Dr. 
Pittman, that the Trustees would sell the said mortgage to 
him for a consideration of $20,000.00 cash. 



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Dr. Pittruan requested to ibe allowed to present this 
proposition to his associates, which request was granted by 
the Trustees. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliott, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
March 19, 1929 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at. the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr, John C. Blocker, representing Pinellas County, 
having applied to purchase .25 of an acre in Section 
34, Township 28 South, Range 16 East, for road purposes, 
and the Trustees having agreed to make the sale on this 
date, no objections were presented or filed. 

Cpon motion of Mr. Amos, seconded by Mr. Davis, 
the land was sold to Pinellas County and deed ordered 
issued. 



Permit to Southern Drainage District for constructing 
a small building on State land having been authorized, 
was executed by the Trustees. 



The Secretary presented letter from Gustave Hoffman, 
relative to purchase of land in Southern Florida. 

Mr. Amos moved that Mr. Hoffman be furnished with 
map showing location of State lands available for purchase. 
from which he might make selection. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



The matter of erroneous deed to Mr. F. II. King was 
ordered referred to Mr. Mcintosh for attention. 



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Application of Mr, T. S. Kennedy for permit to remove 
mineral bearing sand from beaches along Choctawhatchee 
Bay, Santa Rosa Sound, Escambia Bay. East Bay and 
Mary deGalvez Bay, was ordered referred to Mr. A. R. 
Richardson, Land Agent, for investigation and report. 



The Secretary presented application from Messrs. B. H. 
Dickens and J. S. Shirey for permit to dredge and mine 
oyster and clam shell from the waters of Dead Lakes in 
Gulf County; territory being in Section 25, Township 
3 Sooth, Range 10 West; Sections 30 and 31, Township 3 
South, Range 9 West, and Sections 6. 7, 8, 17, 19, Town- 
ship 4 South, Range 9 West. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the application be submitted 
to the Board of County Commissioners of Gulf County, 
and if there were no objections raised, the Trustees issue 
permit to Messrs. Dickens and Shirey, Seconded by Mr. 
Davis and upon vote adopted. 



The land Department presented request from Mr. George 
B. Conley for extension of three years on Note due March 
31st, upon payment of interest. 

The Trustees ordered that the note be extended for six 
months upon payment of interest. The Land Department 
was directed to so advise Mr. Conlev. 



McGowan-Forshee Company made application to pur- 
chase the timber on 40 acres of land in Section 27, Town- 
ship 33 South, Range 31 East ; Manatee County, and 
requested the Trustees to have a price set on the timber. 

Mr. Amos moved that the timber be sold at $15.00 per 
acre. Seconded by Mr. Davis and adopted. 



Mr. D. F. Millinor of Pinecastle, Florida, made appli- 
cation to purchase land in Lake Conway, Orange County, 
and requested the Trustees to set a price on the land. 

Mr. Amos moved that the matter be referred to Mr. 
Richardson, Land Agent, for report. Seconded by Mr. 
Knott and adopted. 



Mr. John M. Sutton of Washington, D. C, appeared 
before the Trustees and requested a settlement of accounts 
between himself and the Trustees, and also disposition of 
the charges against him. 



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Mr. Davis moved that Mr. Bayless of the Land Depart- 
ment be directed to prepare a statement of account be- 
tween the Trustees and Mr. Sutton ; that he and Mr. 
Sutton then go over the account and any differences, 
if any, be reported to the Trustees, or to a Committee 
appointed to handle the matter. Seconded by Mr. Amos 
and upon vote unanimously adopted. Whereupon, Mr. 
Bayless was directed to prepare such statement and Mr. 
Sutton was advised to confer with Mr. Bayless. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, March 26, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knotty Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of March 11th and 19th, 1929, were pre- 
sented and approved. 



Land in Pinellas County, advertised for competitive bids 
on this date, was ordered withdrawn from sale as no bids 
were presented satisfactory to the Trustees. 



The Trustees having agreed to issue permit to B. H. 
Dickens and J. S. Shirey, to take shell from the Dead Lakes 
in Gulf County, provided there was no objection from the 
Board of County Commissioners of that county, Mr, 
Dickens filed with the Trustees a resolution signed by all 
members of the Board of County Commissioners, attested 
by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, approving the issuance 
of a permit to the above parties. Whereupon the permit 
was ordered Issued and a period of sixty days allowed be- 
fore payments begin. 



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Mr. Edw. B. Eppes, representing his client, Mr. B. O. 
Leach, requested to be advised if the Trustees would issue 
an oil lease on all large bodies of State land in Broward, 
Dade and Palm Beach Counties ; also if the Trustees would 
pay commission for selling the land outright in the event 
the oil lease was not issued, 

Mr. Eppes was advised that the Trustees paid no com- 
mission on land sales, but if Mr. Leach would file a plat, 
showing the acreage desired, the Trustees would consider 
the oil lease proposition ; also that it was the policy of the 
Trustees to accept not less than the amount of all taxes on 
land to be leased for oil purposes. 



The Land Department presented letter from Cockrell 
& Cockrell of Jacksonville, making an offer of $500.00 for 
the acreage in front of property owned by their client, Mr. 
Marvin, in Section 7, Township 1 South, Range 28 East, 
and if this offer was not accepted, requested the Trustees 
to have the Land Agent make an investigation. 

Mr. Amos moved that Mr, Richardson be directed to 
make an investigation of the land and report. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. A. Y. 
Milam of Jacksonville, relative to application of Mr. John 
B. Daniels to purchase land near Mayport. 

The matter was deferred until a report eould be received 
from Mr. Richardson, Land Agent. 



Mr. Bayless of the Land Department reported that he 
had applied to the U. S. Land Office for a list of the 
vacant, unappropriated L T nited States lands in the State 
of Florida and had been advised that the list would be 
furnished at the usual cost. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Bayless secure the list of 
vacant lands in the State. Seconded by Mr. Davis and 
upon vote adopted. 



Land applied for by Mrs. Effie B. Wilder, advertised 
for sale on January loth, 1929, and postponed on account 
of objections from the City of Holly HQL was again 
brought up as applicant had withdrawn request for the 
portion to which the city objected and filed amended ap- 
plication. 



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Mr. Amos moved that the land applied for in the 
amended application be sold to Sirs. Wilder at the price 
of $100.00 per acre, provided the City of Holly Hill would 
withdraw objection. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon 
vote adopted. 



Messrs. Dutch, Taylor and Jennings, of the Board of 
Fire Control, appeared before the Trustees relative to cer- 
tain amendments to the law creating the present Board of 
Fire Control. 

No action was taken by the Trustees. 



Mr. Mcintosh, counsel, reported that he had taken up 
the matter of amount due by Miss Ruth Catts on 320 acres 
of land purchased from the Trustees on which there was 
still a balance of $189.29 principal, and also taxes against 
the land amounting to $968.00. He stated that he had re- 
ceived Western Union money order from Ex-Governor Sid- 
ney J, Catts for $189.29, which he asked the Trustees to 
accept in full settlement of the mortgage. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees accept $189.29 as 
final payment on the land and cancel the mortgage of Miss 
Catts. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and adopted. 



The following bills were approved and ordered 

F. C. Elliott, Chief Drainage Engineer .$ 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel ; 

A. K. Richardson, Land Agent 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 

Edwin Barnes, Jr., Tax Clerk 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 

R. W. Ervin, General Utility Man 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 

F. E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla.. 

The Post Publishing Co., West Palm Beach, 
Fla 

The Herald Company, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 

H. Clay Crawford, Secretary of State, Tallahas- 
see, Fla 

Frank A. Bryan, C. C. C, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla v 

Mrs. Rubie Rowe, Ct. Reporter, West Palm 
Beach, Fla 



paid: 

225.00 

229.16 

333.34 

233.34 

80.00 

75.00 

50.00 

83.33 

233.34 

40.00 

1.85 

9.00 
15.25 

5.00 
1.00 

88.28 



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C. B. Gwynn, Land Clerk $ 300.00 

Bob Simpson, T. C, Miami, Fla 7,344.83 

J. P. Moore, T. C, Moore Haven, Pla 8,503.87 

L. C. Kiekliter, T. C, Stuart, Pla 713.97 

D. C. Canfield, T. C, Sebring, Fla 1,559.61 

J. L. Taylor, T. C, LaBeUe, Pla 3,213.71 

C. H. Collier, T. C, Everglades, Fla -31.92 

P. M. Tyler, T. C, Ft. Pierce, Pla 6.34 

J. A. Warren, T. C, Ft. Lauderdale, Pla 32,031.04 

J. L. Taylor, T. C, LaBeUe, Fla 1,440.00 

R. H. Alderman, T. C, Okeechobee, Fla 16.96 

Ralph B. Johnson, T. C, Bradenton, Pla 1,172.34 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C, West Palm Beach, 

Pla 55,555,87 

Rov A. O'Bannon, T. C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla 17,152.79 



$130,746.14 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman . 



ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 2, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H, Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Bills of the Board of Fire Control, amounting to 
$3,299.45, approved by said Board, were passed by the 
Trustees for payment from the Fire Tax Fund, 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

The Clearwater Sun, Clearwater, Fla. $ 27.00 

W. H. Tilden, P. O. Box 258, Moore Haven, 

Fla 13.40 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 267.18 

$ 307.58 



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Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee. Florida. April 6. 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest .Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davi.s, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Attorney General presented a bill relative to mort- 
gage foreclosure by the State Board of Education and 
Trustees Internal Improvement Fund, which bill was ap- 
proved by the Trustees with direction that it be trans- 
mitted to the Senate and House of Representatives for 
introduction. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 9, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott. Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of March 26th and April 2nd, presented and 
approved. 



79 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. James 
A. Dew, relative to division of land in settlement of Entry 
No. 17092. 

Upon motion, duly seconded and adopted, the Trustees 
decided to stand by former action as to division of the 
land. 

Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, having reported that 
sovereignty land in Township 38 South, Range 18 East, 
.80 of an acre, near Osprey, applied for by C. E. Lewis 
of Osprey, was appraised at $150.00 for the tract, Mr. 
Amos moved that the Trustees accept the sum of $150.00 
for the land. Seconded by Mr, Knott and upon vote 

adopted. 

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The Land Department presented letter from McGowan- 
Forshee Lumber Company, making an offer of $10.00 per 
acre for the timber on land in the NE*4 of NW^/i of Sec- 
tion 27, Township 33 South, Range 21 East. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees accept the price of 
$10.00 per acre for timber on above described land. Sec- 
onded and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. P. O. Schoelles, who applied to purchase Toe Head 
Marsh near Apalaohicola, containing approximately 20 
acres, offered $200.00 for the Island, provided the Trustees 
would guarantee title and possession. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees refuse the offer of 
Mr. Schoelles. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote 
adopted. 

The Land Clerk presented letter from Walter P. Sco- 
field of Tampa, stating that he had discovered phosphate 
on what he believed to be State land. 

The information given being insufficient, Mr. Knott 
moved that the Land Cleric write Mr. Schofield for definite 
location of the land. Seconded and adopted. 



The Land Clerk presented the written claim of Mr, 
John M. Sutton, former selecting agent of the Trustees. 

Upon motion, duly adopted, the Governor appointed 
Messrs. Amos and Mayo as a Committee to examine into 
the claim and make settlement with Mr. Sutton. 



Mr. H. P. Tabor of Bradenton, representing Mr. J. L. 
Kilgore, presented claim for $2,039.56, growing out of 



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lands formerly sold to Mr. Kilgore, but re-deeded to the 
Trustees. 

The Governor appointed Messrs. Knott, Davis and Mayo 
as a Committee to investigate the matter and report to the 
Trustees. 



Application for the approval of the creation of a Drain- 
age District in Glades Countv, Florida, to be known as 
LAKE PORT IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, was pre- 
sented to the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund and 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District, 
jointly, the Trustees being land owners in the proposed 
area. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees and Drainage Board 
acquiesce ha the request of the land owners and approve 
the creation of Lake Port Improvement District as pro- 
posed by Special Act of the Legislature. Seconded by 
Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented report of A. R. Richardson, 
Land Agent, on proposed Shell Lease to B. H. Dickens 
and J. S. Shirey. and it was ordered that the matter 
be held up pending return of Mr. Richardson. 



Application of Mr. Thos. H. Horobiu for purchase of 
sand for fill purposes, was ordered held over until Mr. 
Richardson, Land Agent, returned. 



Letter from Mr. Howard Sharp to Governor Carlton. 
relative to toll road in Palm Beach County being made 
a free road, was read and it was ordered that Mr. Elliot 
confer with Mr. Sharp and ascertain what was desired 
of the Trustees. 



Mr. W. V. O'Donnell, representing Mr. Jas. C. Flannery. 
requested the Trustees to deed him land equal to first 
payment on Entry No. 17,202, covering Sections 26, 27, 
28, 33 and 34, Township 55 South, Range 38 East, and 
allow him to re-deed the remainder, and the Trustees 
then sell him the reeonyeyed portion at a reasonable 
price. ' 

The Trustees directed the Land Clerk to ascertain from 
Mr. O'Donnell what price Mr. Flannery would offer for 
the reeonveyed portion of land. 



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A letter from Mrs. Joe M Shingler, dated April 3, 1929, 
was presented by M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, in which an 
offer of $5.00 per acre was made for quit-claim deed to 
the \Vi/ 2 of NWi-i of Section 14, Township 55 South, 
Range 39 East, title to which land was conveyed to Mrs. 
Shingler 's husband, based on tax deed from Southern 
Drainage District ; taxes on which have been paid by Mrs. 
Shingle r for a number of years. 

Upon motion duly seconded and carried, it Mas ordered 
that Mrs. Shingler's offer of $5.00 per acre cash for quit- 
claim deed be accepted, if consumated immediately, and 
evidence furnished that she is the sole and only heir of 
J. M, Shingler, deceased. 



Financial statement for the month of March, 1929, was 
presented and ordered placed of record: 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR MARCH, 1929 

Balance in Fund March 1, 1929. $227,735. 29 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, - 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 8,557,02 

From sale of Minutes 3.50 

Refund by Tax Collector of Dade 
County on aect. of overpay- 
ment of Everglades Drainage 
Taxes 245.22 

From land sales ($875.29) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($218.33) 656.46 

$237,197.49 
Less Disbursements 134,858/10 

Balance on hand April 1, 1929.. $102,339.49 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 101,339.49 

$102,339.49 



BALANCES IN BANKS APRIL 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 16,865.11 

Harnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 12,756.66 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla 9,026.15 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 17,142.79 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,293.26 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 8,943.79 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 17,037.66 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 9,274.07 



Date 


Check 


1929 


No. 


Mar. 13, 


7697 




7698 




7699 


■ 


7700 




7701 




7702 




7703 




7704 




7705 




7706 




7707 




7708 




7709 




7710 




7711 




7712 



$101,339.49 
DISBURSEMENTS 



In Favaf of: Amount 

Western Union Telegraph Co.ft 1.07 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co... 1.03 

Wallis Engineering Co 107.75 

M. C. Mcintosh 76.19 

F. E. Bayless 64.27 

Southern Telephone & Constr. 

Co 4.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc 35.50 

The H. & W. B. Drew Co.... . 3.48 

W. P. Andrews, T. C 14.34 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C... 1.45 

Samuel D. Jordan 1.50 

The Palm Beach Post 9.00 

Old Dutch Carbon & Ribbon 

Co 9.00 

D. S. Weeks, C. C. C........ 4.07 

J. P. Moore, T. C 6.60 

W. P. Andrews, T. C. (1 mill 

tax on Trustee lands in 

Hendry County) 3,661.00 

7713 The Clearwater Sun 39.36 



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Date Check 

1929 No. In favor of: . Amount 

Mar, 13, 7714 Lee M. Butler $ 10.00 

7715 G. J. Wagner 62.00 

29, 7716 Bob Simpson, T. C. {See Min- 
utes March 25) 7,344.83 

7717 J. P. Moore, T. G. (See Min- 

utes March -25 ) 8,503.87 

7718 L. C. Kickliter, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) 713.97 

7719 D. F. Canfield, T. C. (See Min- 

utes March 25) 1,559.61 

7720 J. h, Taylor, T. C. (See Min- 

utes March 25) 3,213.71 

7721 C. H. Collier, T. C. (See Min- 

utes March 25) 31.92 

7722 P. M. Tvler, T. C. (See Min- 

utes March 25) 6.34 

7723 J. A. Warren, T. C. (See Min- 

utes March 25) 32,031.04 

7724 J. L. Tavlor, T. C. (See Min- 

utes March 25) 1,440.00 

7725 R. H. Alderman, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) 16.96 

7726 Ralph B. Johnson, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) l t 172.34 

7727 Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) 25,418.88 

7728 Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) 30,136.99 

7729 Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) 10,000.00 

7730 Rov A. O'Bannon, T. C. (See 

Minutes March 25) 7,152.79 

30, 7731 P. C Elliott 225.00 

7732 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7733 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

7734 P. E. Bayless 233.34 

7735 A. C. Bridges B0.OO 

7736 Jentye Dedge. 75.00 

7737 Edwin Barnes, Jr 50.00 

7738 Hattie Bell 83.33 

7739 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

7740 Robert Wynn 40.00 



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Date Cheek 

1929 No. Tn favor of: 
Mar. 30, 7741 P. E. Fenno, C. C. C $ 

7742 Post Publishing Co., West 

Palm Beach, Fta 

7743 Herald Company, Ft, Lauder- 

dale, Pla 

7744 H. Clay Crawford 

7745 Frank A. Bryan, C. C. C 

7746 Mrs. Ruble Rowe 

7747 C. B. Gwynn 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



Amount 

1.85 

9.00 

15.25 
5.00 
1.00 

88.28 
300.00 

$134,858.00 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 16, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The following report was submitted by the committee 
designated to review the matter of J. L. Kilgore : 

" April 9, 1929. 

1 Trustees Internal Improvement Fund, 
Tallahassee, Florida. 
Gentlemen : 

At a meeting of the Trustees Internal Improve- 
ment Fund this morning, the undersigned were 
designated a committee to pass upon the matter of 
claim of J. L. Kilgore, arising out of a land 
transaction between the said Kilgore and Trus- 
tees Internal Improvement Fund, and to report 
said findings to the Trustees. 



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Pursuant to the above the committee met this 
afternoon, in the office of the Attorney General, 
and upon review of the entire matter find as fol- 
lows: That the said Kilgore, in addition to reim- 
bursement already made by the Trustees of the 
purchase price previously paid by him upon said 
land, should receive the following: 

Unpaid portion of survey $ 778,55 

Traveling expenses to and from Talla- 
hassee 514.00 

Interest at 4% on purchase priee paid . 747.01 

Total $2,039.56 

By reason of the uncertainty that the Trus- 
tees Internal Improvement Fund have authority 
of law to make such reimbursement, this commit- 
tee recommends that the said J. L, Kilgore pre- 
sent a bill for relief in the premises to the Legis-, 
lature and that upon the said bill becoming a law, 
authorizing the Trustees so to do, the said Trus- 
tees reimburse the said Kilgore in the amount of 
$2,039.56 as above. 

Mr. H. P. Tabor, representing Mr, Kilgore, was 
present at the meeting and accepts the above 
recommended arrangement. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO, 
FCE :D. Commissioner of Agriculture. " 

Upon motion duly seconded, the Trustees adopted the 
above report as the position and action of the Trustees in 
the premises. 

Minutes of the Trustees of April 6th and 9th were pre- 
sented and approved. 



Upon application of Kerr & Peebles, Paul F. Fusselman, 
and Webb & Yates, for their clients, land in Pinellas 
County was advertised for sale on this date, and there 
being no objections to the sales, Mr. Amos moved that the 
land be sold to the following parties at a price of $100.00 
per acre: 



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To William A. Clark — 1.50 acres in Section 27, 
Township 28 South, Range 15 East. (Repre- 
sented by Kerr & Peebles) : 

To Julia S. Lucky — 0.50 acres in Section 33, 
Township 31 South, Range 16 East. (Repre- 
sented by Paul F, Fusselman) ; 

To Tacony Trust Company— 2.56 acres in Sec- 
tion 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East. 
(Represented by Webb & Yates). 

Hlotion seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 
Deeds were ordered issued to above parties. 



McGowan-Forshee Lumber Company made an offer of 
$300.00 for timber in Section 27, Township 33 South, 
Range 21 East, which the Trustees had agreed to sell at 
$10.00 per acre. 

The offer of McGowan-Forshee Lumber Company was 
rejected. 

An offer was received from Mr. J. E. Stevens of Crystal 
River, Florida, of $2.00 an acre for Lot 11, Section 34, 
Township 18 South, Range 16 East, Citrus County, con- 
taining 40 acres. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer be declined. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. Whereupon the offer was de- 
clined. 

Mr, P. O. Schoelles of Apalachicola, Florida, made an 
offer of $200.00 for Tow Head Marsh, near the City of 
Apalachicola, and agreed to bid not less than that amount 
on date of sale; also agreed to pay for cost of advertising 
and survey should he be the successful bidder. 

The Trustees agreed to advertise the land for competi- 
tive bids and objections on the above offer and the fol- 
lowing notice was ordered placed in the Apalachicola 
Times : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, April 22, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given tlrat the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the Htaje of Florida will receive com- 
petitive bids in open session, at 10 o'clock A. M., Mon- 
day, May 27th, 1929, at Tallahassee, Florida, for the fol- 
lowing described submerged lands in FRANKLIN County, 
Florida : 



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That certain submerged or sovereignty land 
which if surveyed would be in Section 5, and /or 
8, Township 9 South, Range 7 West, Tallahassee 
Meridian, and within Forbes Purchase. 

The above described submerged or sovereignty 
land lies on the East side of the channel leading 
into the City of Apalachicola from the South, and 
is the small grass island opposite and across the 
channel from the dock now used by Wing 
Brothers Ferry, and is known as Tow Head 
Island. 

Containing approximately 20 acres, and not ex- 
ceeding 25 acres. Lying and being in Franklin 
County, State of Florida. 

Correct description to be furnished with deed. 
Cost of advertising and survey to be paid by pur- 
chaser. 

This Notice is publishel in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes, that any person or per- 
sons who may have objections to said sale may have an 
opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

Terms : Cash. 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE, E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST ; 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, was requested to draft 
a bill authorizing the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
to lease or sell growing or dead timber and shell in or 
upon sovereignty lands owned by the State. 



Attorney General Davis was requested to draft a bill,* 
authorizing reimbursement to the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund for the money loaned in the construction 
of the Martin Building. 



Mr. Willard G. Smith, Chairman of Pelican Lake Farms, 
Inc., with others, appeared before the Trustees and made 
an offer of $50.00 per acre to purchase all land in Pelican 



88 

Lake; deed to be made to their Corporation and the 
Corporation to carry on a system of drainage at their 
own expense; and agreed to put up a binder of $2,500.00 
to take care of advertising and cost of survey. 

Attorney General Davis moved that Mr, Smith deposit 
the $2,500.00 binder with the Trustees and have his com- 
pany submit in writing detail of plans to be carried out, 
the Trustees to allow thirty days in which to submit this 
plan. Seconded by Mr.- Mayo and upon vote adopted. 

The binder was deposited with the Trustees and receipt 
issued therefor. 



Mr. A. B. Edwards of Sarasota requested the Trustees 
to endorse check made payable to the Trustees but which 
should have been made to himj as it represented difference 
in interest on land formerly &>ld to Mr. Edwards by the 
Trustees and later sold by Mrl Edwards to a third party. 

The Trustees authorized Mr, Knott, Treasurer, to en- 
dorse the said check to Mr. Edwards. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, 

Fla $ 4.25 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . .83 

Tallahassee Motor Co., Tallahassee, Fla 327.35 

D. A. Dixon Co., Tallahassee. Fla 3.50 

II. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville. Fla 48.50 

Everglades Publishing Co., Everglades, Fla. . . 2.00 

The Clearwater Sun, Clearwater. Fla 12.36 

Obe P. Goode, Clerk, St. Augustine, Fla 1.50 



$ 400.29 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST • Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 22, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



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The Secretary reported that the various Tax Collectors 
of the counties having lands in the Everglades Drainage 
District had reported numerous lands to the Trustees un- 
der the head of "ERRORS" and that it would be advan- 
tageous to the Trustees to have such errors disposed of in 
order that such errors could be reconciled and the books 
clear on the same; that there appears to be no legislation 
authorizing making correction of errors or to take care of 
lands reported by Tax Collectors under the subject 
' ' errors ' ' ; that a bill should be drafted and passed at this 
session of the Legislature which would provide that Ever- 
glades Drainage District taxes reported by Tax Collectors 
of the several counties having lands in the Everglades 
Drainage District should be remitted as to the Trustees 
Internal Improvement Fund. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Elliot be requested to pre- 
pare a bill covering the above subject for presentation to 
the Legislature. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote 
adopted. 



A letter was presented from R. Don McLeod of Apa- 
lachicola, in which he stated that deed was issued in De- 
cember, 1849, covering land in Township 3 South, Range 
9 West ; that this deed was never recorded in the county 
in which the land lies and as deeds were not kept in the 
land office at that time, no record was made of the trans- 
action ; that his client has paid taxes on this land for over 
20 years and as he is instituting suit to quiet title, would 
like to have the Trustees issue quitclaim deed to the land. 

The Trustees having no right, title or interest in the said 
land, it was ordered that Mr. MeLeod be advised that the 
Trustees could not comply with his request. 



The Land Clerk presented a letter from the Georgia 
Loan and Trust Company of Macon, Georgia, requesting 
correction in deed issued to Sir Edward James Reed, cov- 
ering land in Section 25, Township 1 South, Range 15 
East, Hamilton County, it appearing that the XW14 of 
NW14 was deeded when the description should have been 
the NW*4 of NE 1 /^. the Trustees not being owners of the 
NW14 of NW14. 

These statements being substantiated, Mr. Mayo moved 
that the correction deed be issued to Georgia Loan & Trust 
Company. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



90 

Report having been made to the Trustees that cedar was 
being taken from State lands in Citrus County without 
permit, the Trustees directed that Sheriff Charles F. Dean 
be requested to take necessary steps to stop this trespass. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 25, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secretary reported that the Trustees were indebted 
to the Drainage Board in the sum of $114,557.45 from 
taxes and redemptions. Whereupon the following bill was 
approved and ordered paid : 
Board of Commissioners Everglades Drainage 
District, Tallahassee, Fla. To acreage and 
One Mill tax received by the . Trustees from 
Clerks of the Courts and Tax Collectors dur- 
ing the years 1926, 1927 and 1928 $114,557.45 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
April 29, 1929 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 

on this date in the office ,-of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Govemc 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 



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W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of April 16th and 22nd, pre- 
sented and approved. 



The Secretary presented list of lands whieh Southern 
Sugar Company wished to exchange for lands owned 
by the Trustees. 

After discussion the Trustees declined to make the ex- 
change except as to El/^ of Section 7, Township 42 South, 
Range 38 East, and Section 19, Township 42 South, Range 
38 East — Trustee lands — for Section 15, Township 45 
South, Range 38 East, and All Section 3, Township 44 
South, Range 37 East, lying North of Hilisboro Canal — 
lands of Southern Sugar Company, which was acted on 
December 4, 1928. 



Mr. Mayo moved that a separate account be kept of 
funds received by the Trustees from the sale or lease of 
land, or other revenue, within Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict and make report ; also keep account of moneys ex- 
pended by the Trustees in the Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict, which moneys are derived from the sale or lease of 
land, or from other sources, outside of the District. 

Motion seconded and adopted. 



The sale of land in Daniels addition to Mayport to Capt. 
J. B. Daniels was again considered. 

Mr. Davis moved that the land be sold to Mr. Daniels 
at a price of $100.00 per acre, subject to advertisement for 
objections. 

Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. L. W. Armstrong of Pahokee applied to purchase 
land adjoining bis upland in Section 17, Township 42 
South, Range 37 East, and offered $100.00 per acre for 
same. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the land be sold to Mr. Armstrong 
at the above price with the understanding that pur- 
chaser is to pay for survey. Seconded by Mr. Amos and 
upon vote adopted. 



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Mr. C. EL Arnold of St. Augustine made an offer of 
$2.50 per acre for land in Section 12, Township 7 South. 
Range 28 East ; St. Johns County. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the offer be declined. Seconded 
and adopted. 



Mr. Mayo requested the Trustees to purchase a type- 
writer for the Land Department, to be used in the Trustees 
work. 

It was ordered that the typewriter be purchased for the 
Land Department, and also that a wide-carriage type- 
writer be purchased for the Secretary's Office. 



Mr. W. H. Lair made an offer of $50.00 per acre for 
Lake Bottom land in Section 18, Township 42 South, Range 
37 East. 

Mr. Amos moved that the land be sold to Mr. Lair at 
the above price, as it was in accordance with price of other 
lands in that section. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon 
vote adopted. 



Settlers in the Pahokee Section made request to the 
Trustees for reduction in price of land in that vicinity 
from $500.00 to $300.00 for front lots and from $300.00 to 
$150.00 for the back lots. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees decline to reduce 
the price of the land. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon 
vote adopted. 



Mr, M, C. MclntosH, Counsel, presented letter from Mr. 
S. C. Rauleraon of Southbay, requesting an opportunity 
for himself and others to appear before the Trustees with 
reference to adjustment of State lands on which they have 
settled and against which the Trustees filed ejectment suits. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Mcintosh to advise Mr. Raul- 
erson that he and associates could be heard on Monday, 
May 13, 1929. 



A letter from Mr. E. P. Green of Bradenton, under 
date of April 10th, was submitted, in which he inclosed 
description of land adjacent to Anna Maria Key proposed 
to be purchased in connection with resolution of the Trus- 
tees under date of November 13, 1928, agreeing to convey 
6 acres of land to Mr. Green for the sum of $50.00, 



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It appearing that the description now submitted by Mr. 
Green covers approximately 27 acres— 4 acres of which are 
submerged sovereignty land, and about 23 acres of which 
were originally submerged sovereignty lands, but appear 
now to be above water and might be considered as accre- 
tions to the island — it was agreed that the 4 acres, approxi- 
mately, of submerged sovereignty lands be conveyed to Mr. 
Green for the said sum of $50.00 and that the 23 acres, ap- 
proximately, of lands appearing to be an accretion to the 
island be conveyed by quit-claim deed for $1.00 and other 
valuable considerations, provided necessary evidence of 
ownership of the upland by Mr. Green is furnished. All 
the above land to be advertised for objections. 



Bills of the Board of Fire Control amounting to $19,462.- 
49 approved by said Board, were pasesd by the Trustees 
for payment from funds to the credit of the Fire Tax 
Fund. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

F. C. Elliot, Tallahassee, Fla $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Tallahassee, Fla 229.16 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 717.38 

F. E. Bayless, Tallahassee, Fla 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Tallahassee, Fla 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Tallahassee, Florida 75.00 

Edwin Barnes, Jr., Tallahassee, Fla, 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Tallahassee, Fla 83.33 

R. W. Ervin, Tallahassee, Fla 233,34 

L. T. Galpin, Tallahassee, Fla yi5.00 

Roy A. O'Bannon, West Palm Beach. Fla .. 76.80 

Wallis Engineering Co., Tallahassee, Fla 3.29 

Kurtz & Roll, Fort Myers, Fla 526.45 

The Clearwater Sun, Clearwater, Fla 22.50 

W. H. Warnock, Inverness, Fla 15.00 

C. J. Rast, Orange Springs, Fla 5.00 

R. G. Wimberly, Orange Springs, Fla 2.00 

J. B. Hall, Orange Springs, Fla. 2.00 

J. W. Herrin, Orange Springs, Fla 2.00 

Helen W. Curtis, Court Reporter, Orlando, 

Fla 15.00 

J. D. Ranlerson, Bartow Fla 1.00 

B. J. Hunter, Ocala, Fla 17.25 



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L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriter Co., Jack- 
sonville, Fla 64.50 

C. B. Gwynn, Tallahassee, Pla 300.00 



$ 2,994.34 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

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Tallahassee, Florida, April 30, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V, Knott, Treasurer, 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo,. Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Honorable Frank J. Wtdeman of West Palm Beach ap- 
peared before the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
■with reference to the permanent status of Hunter's Island, 
which was heretofore withdrawn from sale by the Trus- 
tees with the intention that said island should be preserved 
in its natural state as a bird preserve for the benefit of 
the citizens of the State of Florida, particularly those of 
Palm Beach, and presenting a bill to be proposed to the 
Legislature asking that said island be conveyed to the 
Town of Palm Beach to be held by said town in trust as a 
permanent bird preserve for the preservation of bird life 
on Lake Worth. 

Thereupon, it was moved and unanimously passed that 
the passage of this bill by the Legislature be approved by 
the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund with the proviso 
that the Act shall not affect the rights of any person or 
persons other than the State of Florida in said island that 
may be legally determined to exist. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST * Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, May 6, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of April 25th, 29th and 30th, 
presented and approved. 



Mr. Wesley E. Garrison applied to purchase two tracts 
of tax land and submitted affidavit of ownership based on 
having purchased State Tax Certificate on the land, sub- 
mitting a bid of $222.50, covering State and County taxes 
paid by him plus $90.10, amount of Drainage Certificate, 
cost, back taxes and interest, and an additional $1.00. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees advertise the land for 
sale at a price of not less than $5.00 per acre over and 
above all taxes, costs and penalties, except to the original 
owner. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr, C. M, Todd, representing settlers of Pahokee, ap- 
peared before the Trustees relative to reduction in price set 
on lands in that section. 

The Trustees ordered that the matter be referred to Mr. 
Richardson for investigation and report as to whether any 
reduction could be made in the price. 



The Secretary presented a letter from the Board of 
Fire Control, to which was' attached copy of a bill pro- 
posed to be introduced at this session of the Legislature, 
making certain changes in the present Fire Control law. 

After reading the letter and bill the Secretary was di- 
rected to file same. 



Mr. J. W. Edmundson of Fort Lauderdale made a cash 
offer of $30.00 per acre for Tracts 1 and 2, Tier 22, and 
Tract 2, Tier 20, Township 50 South, Range 41 East. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Land Department advise Mr. 
Edmundson that land in that vicinity had not been sold 
for less than $50.00 an acre, and that the Trustees would 



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accept that price. .Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote 
adopted. 



Cockrell & Cockrell, attorneys of Jacksonville, having 
applied to purchase 156 acres of land in Section 7, Town- 
ship 1 South, Range 28 East — Duval County, for their 
client, Mr. Marvin, the Trustees agreed to sell the land at 
a price of $1,000.00 for the 156 acres. The Land Depart- 
ment was directed to so advise Cockrell & Cockrell. . 



Snell Isle, Incorporated, having applied to purchase 
submerged lands in Pinellas County, adjacent to their up- 
land holdings, the Trustees agreed to sell the land subject 
to advertisement for objections, and the following Notice 
was placed in the Clearwater Sun : 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, May 10, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold 
a meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, June 18th, A. D. 
1929, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described lands in PINELLAS County, Florida: 

METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTION OF 
TRACT 1. 

Beginning at a point on the seawall, said point 
being S. 61 degrees 33' 00" E., 1057.0 feet from 
the SW corner of the SB 14 of Section 8, Town- 
ship 31 South, Range 17 East ; 

Thence S. 12 degrees 45' E. 160 feet to a stake; 

Thence S. 45 degrees' 00' W. 235.0 feet to a 
stake ; 

Thence S. 00 degrees 45' E. 240.0 feet to a 
stake ; 

Thence S. 39 degrees 00' E. 130.0 feet to a 
stake ; 

Thence S. 84 degrees 30' E. 170.0 feet to a 

Thence N. 62 degrees 30' E. 190.0 feet to a 
stake; 

Thence N. 1 degree 45' E. 295.0 feet to a 
stake ; 



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Thence N. 21 degrees 30' W. 140.0 feet to a 
Thenee N. 75 degrees 15' W. 180.0 feet to a 

Thence N. 16 degrees 30' E. 185.0 feet to a 
point on the Seawall, said point being marked 
"P. C."; 

Thence on a curve bearing to the left, radius 
235.0 feet ; starting with a tangent bearing of X. 
78 degrees 06' 08" E. 76.57 feet along the arc to a 
point marked "P. C. C"; 

Thence on a curve bearing to the left, radius 
189.0 feet, starting with a tangent bearing of N. 
59 degrees 28' 00" E. 238.77 feet along the arc to 
a point marked "P. C. C. " ; thence on a curve 
bearing to the left, radius 503.0 feet, starting 
with a tangent bearing of N. 12 degrees 55' 00" 
W. 43.16 feet along the arc to a point marked 
"P. C. C"; 

Thence on a curve bearing to the left, radius 
270.0 feet, starting with a tangent bearing of N. 
17 'degrees 50' 00" W. 15.0 feet along the are to 
the intersection of the seawall and the meander 
line of the (government survey of 1848 ; 

Thence S. 46 degrees 18' 29" W. along the said 
meander line, 478.0 feet to the point of beginning; 
in all containing 6.5 acres more or less. 

Lying and being in Section 17, Township 31 
South, Range 17 East. 

METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTION OP 
TRACT NO. 2. 

Beginning at a point on the seawall, said point 
being S. 53 degrees 28' 20" E. 1108.65 feet from 
the NW corner of Section 16, Township 31 South, 
Range 17 East; 

Thence Northwesterly on a curve bearing to the 
right, radius 770.0 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of S. 70 degrees 05' 30" West, 1176.82 
feet along the are to a stake marked "PRC"; 

Thence Northwesterly on a curve bearing to the 
left, radius 340.0 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of N. 22 degrees 20' 18" W. 392.71 feet 
along the arc to a stake marked "PRC"; 

4—1. I. F. 



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Thence Northwesterly on a curve bearing to the 
right, radius 2963,05 feet starting with a tangent 
bearing of N. 88 degrees 31' 10" W. 153.15 feet 
along the arc to a stake marked "PI"; 

Thence South 3 degrees 12' 02" W. 34.35 feet 
to a stake marked "P.l"; 

Thence Southeasterly on a eurve bearing to the 
right, radius 1250.0 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing South 84 degrees 30' 25" East, 204.51 
feet along the arc to a stake marked "PCC"; 

Thence Southeasterly on a eurve bearing to the 
right, radius 180.07 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of S. 75 degrees 08' 58" East, 313.63 feet 
along the are to a stake marked "PRC"; 

Thence Southwesterly on a eurve bearing to the 
left, radius 619.23 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of S. 24 degrees 42' 55" West, 232.34 
feet along the arc to a stake marked ' ' PRC ' ' ; 

Thence Westerly on a curve bearing to the 
right, radius 340.77 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of S. 3 degrees 12' 02" West 1070.56 feet 
along the arc to a stake marked "PRC"; 

Thenee Northwesterly on a curve bearing to the 
left, radius 619.23 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of N. 3 degrees 12' 02" E. 232.34 feet 
along the arc to a stake marked "PRC"; 

Thence Northeasterly on a eurve bearing to the 
right, radius 180.0 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of N. IK degrees 17' 52" W. 313.63 feet 
along the arc to a stake marked "PCC"; 

Thenee Easterly on a curve bearing to the right, 
radius 1250,0 feet, starting with a tangent bear- 
ing of N. 81 degrees 32' 02" E. 204.51 feet along 
the arc to a stake marked "P.l"; 

Thence N. 3 degrees 12' 02" East, 36.38 feet to 
a stake marked "P.l"; 

Thenee Northwesterly on a curve bearing to the 
right, radius 3321.0 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of N. 85 degrees 56' 13" W. 542.47 feet 
along the are to a stake marked "PCC"; 

Thence Northwesterly on a curve bearing to the 
right, radius 797.92 feet, starting with a tangent 
bearing of N. 76 degrees 34' 57" W. 153.0 feet 
along the arc to the intersection of the seawall 



and the meander line of the Government survey 
of 1848; 

Thence along said meander line N. 1 degree 47' 
54" East, 100.0 feet to a stake; 

Thence N. 64 degrees 03' 29" East 916,14 feet 
to a stake; 

Thenee N. 52 degrees 46' 45" East, 590.88 feet 
to a stake ; 

Thence H. 60 degrees 23' 46" East, 859.47 feet 
to a stake; 

Thence N. 52 degrees 07' 40" East, 396.46 feet 
to a stake ; 

Thenee N. 32 degrees 08' 30" East, 1160.77 feet 
to the intersection of said meander line and the 
seawall ; 

Thence along the seawall S, 40 degrees 45' East 
280.0 feet to a stake; 

Thenee S. 48 degrees 00' East 280.0 feet to a 
stake ; 

Thence S. 56 degrees 00' East, 280.0 feet to a 
stake; 

Thence S. 51 degrees 00' East, 245.0 feet to a 

Thence S. 30 degrees 30' East, 245.0 feet to a 

Thence S. 15 degrees 00' East, 245.0 feet to a 
stake - 

Thence S. 7 degrees 00' West, 245.0 feet to a 

Thenee 8. 17 degrees 00' West, 280.0 feet to a 

Thence S. 24 degrees 00' West, 400.0 feet to a 

■^t ilk** * 

Thence S. 63 degrees 45' West, 400.0 feet to a 
stukfi * 

Thenee S. 41 degrees 30' West, 400.0 feet to a 
♦stake * 

Thence S. 48 degrees 00' West, 400.0 feet to a 
st like * 

Thence S. 57 degrees 00' West, 400.0 feet to a 

st *l l\ i ' ' 

Thence S. 66 degrees 30' West, 400.0 feet to the 
point of beginning. 

In all containing 153.5 acres more or less. 
Lying and being in Sections 8, 9, .16 and 17, 



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Township 31 South, Range 17 East, Tracts 1 
and 2, in Pinellas County, State of Florida. 
Copy of plat to be attached to deed. 

NOTICE is given in compliance with Section 1062 of 
the Revised General Statutes of the State of Florida, that 
any person or persons who have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same on date of sale as 
therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor, 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 

Financial statement for the month of April was pre- 
sented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR APRIL, 1929 

Balance in Fund April 1, 1929. .$102,339.49 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 20,833.81 

Sale of Minutes 7.50 

Refund by Post Publishing Co., 
acct. overpayment 9.00 

From Board of County Commis- 
sioners, Pinellas County, on ac- 
count riparian rights 20.50 

Refund a/c overpayment drainage 

taxes — Broward County 9.2* 

Refund a/c overpayment drainage 
taxes— Hendry County 15.17 • 

Refund a/c overpayment drainage 
taxes — Dade County 136.26 

Refund a/c overpayment drainage 
taxes — Martin County 1.50 

Refund a/c overpayment drainage 

taxes— Palm Beach County . . . 1,237,82 

From Pelican Lake Farms, Inc., 
to cover part of first payment 
a/c surveys, advert ising, etc... 2,500.00 

From Secretary on account land 
leases 300.00 



101 

Prom Bd. Commissioners Ev. Dr. 
Dist. a/c payment of $91,- 
102.66 note with accrued inter- 
eat at 3% (Comptroller's war- 
rant No. 114127) $ 92.150.33 

Interest on deposits for quarter 
ending 3-31-29 . . . . , 2,114.57 

From land sales ($2,940.69) lest 
25% to State School Fund 

($735.16) 2,205.53 

$223,880.76 
Less Disbursements $118,259.66 

Balance on hand May 1, 1929 . . $105,621.10 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 104,621.10 

$105,621.10 
BALANCES IN BANKS MAY 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Pla $ 14,502.83 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Pla 5,178.16 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 23,172.0? 

American National Bank, Penaa- 

cola, Fla 17,322.51 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,606.36 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 7,059.22 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 17,240.44 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 9,539.49 

$104,621.10 



102 
DISBURSEMENTS 

Date Cheek 

1!*2!' No, In Favor of: Amount 

Apr. 2, 7748 Clearwater Sun $ 27.00 

7749 W. H. TUden 13.40 

7750 A. R. Richardson 267.18 

17, 7751 Southern Telephone & Constr. 

Co 4.25 

7752 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. . . .83 

7753 Tallahassee Motor Company. . 327,35 

7754 D. A. Dixon Co. 3.50 

7755 The H. & W. B. Drew Co 48.50 

7756 Everglades Publishing Co. . . . 2.00 

7757 Clearwater Sun 12.36 

7758 Obe P. Goode, Clerk 1.50 

27, 7759 Board Commrs. Ev. Drainage 

Dist 95,000.00 

7760 Board Commrs. Ev. Drainage 

Dist 8,000.00 

7761 Board Commrs. Ev. Drainage 

Dist 11,557.45 

30, 7762 F. C. Elliott 225.00 

7763 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7764 A. R. Richardson 717.38 

7765 P. E. Bayless 233.34 

7766 A. C. Bridge* 80.00 

7767 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

7768 Edwin Barnes, Jr 50.00 

7769 Hattie Bell * 88.33 

7770 R, W. Erwin 233.34 

7771 L. T. Oalphin 15.00 

7772 Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C 76.80 

7773 Wallis Engineering Co 3.29 

7774 Kurtz & Race 526.45 

7775 The Clearwater Sun 22.50 

7776 W. H. Wamock 15.00 

7777 C. J. Rast .".on 

7778 R. J. Wimberlv 2 (M) 

7779 J. B. Hall 2.IH) 

77H0 J. W. Herrin 2.00 

7781 Helen W. Curtis 15.00 

7782 J. D. Raulerson 1.00 

7783 B. J. Hunter 17.25 



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Date Check 

1929 No. In favor of: Amount 
Apr. 30, 7784 L. C. Smith & Corona Type- 
writer Co. $ 64.50 

7785 C. B. Gwvnn 300.00 



$118,259.66 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



ATTEST ■ 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller-Acting Chairman. 



Tallahassee, Florida, May 13, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Covernqr. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of May 6th presented and or- 
dered approved. 



The Secretary presented an offer from Mr. R. W. Ervin 
of $2.00 per acre for 129 acres of land in Section 21, Town- 
ship 1 South, Range 1 West, I*on County. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer be rejected. Seconded by 
Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented statement of $436.80 
due for taxes and delinquencies on 20 acres of land in Sec- 
tion 18, Township 43 South, Range 37 East, sold to Fred S. 
xAiken in 1922, and on which he has paid no taxes or any 
part of the principal and interest. 

After discussion it was ordered that the matter be held for 
further consideration. 



Webb & Yates, Inc., of Gulf port, made application to pur- 
chase 0.31 acres of land in Section 33, Township 31 South, 
Range 16 East, Pinellas County, for a client, John W. Bate, 
offering $100.00 per acre. 



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The offer was accepted, subject to advertisement for 
objections, and the following advertisement was ordered 
placed in the Clearwater Sun; 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, May 13, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a meeting 
at 10 o'clock A. It, Tuesday, June 18th, A. D. 1929, at 
Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following described 
submerged land in PINELLAS County, Florida : 

Beginning at a point 3,696.77 feet south of and 
655.94 feet west of th? Northwest corner of the 
NE14, Section 33, Township 31 South. Range 16 
East. Said point of beginning being on the origi- 
nal Government Meander Line and also being the 
Southeast Corner of Lot 5 of John P. Leslie's 
Subdivision of the east one-third of Government 
Lot 2 of said Section 33; 

Thence south 320 feet ; 

Thence north 48 degrees 40 minutes west 60.57 
feet; 

Thence north 280 feet to the southwest corner of 
aforesaid Lot 5 of John P. Leslie's Subdivision ; 

Thence east 45.48 feet to the point of beginning. 

Containing 0.31 of an acre, more or less, lying 
and being in Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 
16 East, Pinellas County, State of Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary, 



An pffer was received from Wallis Engineering Company, 
for aj client, to purchase timber in Hernando, Marion, 
Alachua and Sumter Counties, offering the market price for 
said timber. §. 



105 

Upon motion of Mr. Knott, seconded and adopted, the 
matter was referred to Mr. Riehardson, Land Agent, for 
investigation as to the State 's holdings in those counties. 



Mr. J. D. Brown of Sanford made an offer of $600.00 for 
40 acres of land in the SE*4 of Section 21. Township 21 
South, Range 31 East, Seminole County. 

The Trustees not being advised as to the value of this 
land, the matter was deferred and the Land Agent directed 
to make an investigation and report. 



Mr. S. E. Plage of Winter Haven, purchaser of 131 acres 
of land in Section 5, Township 28 South, Range 26 East, 
Polk County— near Lake Alfred— Entry No. 17218, who is 
due the Trustees a balance on this transaction of $3,406.00, 
makes request to settle the indebtedness on a 50% basis. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to waive interest on the amount, provided the princi- 
pal was paid up immediately. The Land Department was 
directed to so advise Mr. Plage. 



1 

Model Land Company requested the Trustees to set a 
price on land in the NE^4 of SW14 of Section 19, Township 
21 South, Range 32 East — 40 acres in Seminole County. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Riehardson, Land Agent, to 
make an examination and report his appraisal of the land. 



Mr, T. J. Moore made application to purchase a small 
island in Lake Istokpoga, containing approximately 38 
acres. ' 

The Trustees being of the opinion that they were not 
authorized to sell the land, directed the Land Department 
to so advise Mr. Moore. 



Mr. Mayo presented request of W. I. Singleton for reduc- 
tion of the minimum price contained in his Sand Lease. 

After discussion Mr. Mayo moved that in view of the 
fact that Mr. Singleton is taking only a very small amount 
of sand from Lake Weir, that the price be reduced to $5.00 
per month. Seconded and adopted. 



Mr. Chas. M. Todd of Pahok'ee, representing settlers of 
the Pahokee section, requested the Trustees to reduce the 
price fixed on lands which they desired to purchase, the 






106 

original price being $500.00 for front lots and $300.00 per 
acre for the muck land. 

After consideration of the matter the Trustees agreed on 
a price of $350.00 for the front lots and $200.00 per acre 
for the muck area, provided the parties would close the pur- 
chases within sixty days. 



The sale of lands in Pelican Lake was ordered postponed 

until after adjournment of the Legislature. 
} 

Mr. J. M. Rowe of the firm of Baynes & Rowe, represent- 
ing seven settlers on State land, against whom ejectment 
suits had been filed by the Trustees, requested the Trustees 
to reduce the" price of these lands which had been placed at 
$50.00 per acre, and allow his clients to purchase. 

After discussion Mr. Knott moved that the matter be 
deferred until after the adjournment of the Legislature and 
that the ejectment suits be continued until such time as 
counsel for the Trustees advised Mr. Rowe. Seconded by 
Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. L. C. Yeomans, member of the Board of County Com- 
missioners of Citrus County, appeared before the Trustees 
relative to the report that cedar was being cut from State 
lands in his county without permit. Mr. Yeomans reported 
that he was quite sure that the State lands were being tres- 
passed upon but if the Trustees would make a cruise of the 
cedar in that section and take the matter up with Mr. Lucieii 
Hughlett of Crystal River, manager of Standard Cedar 
Company, he felt sure the timber could be sold at the mar- 
ket price. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, make 
an investigation of the timber and report to the Trustees. 
Seconded by Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. Mr. Yeo- 
mans was thanked for the interest he had taken in the 
matter. 



Mr. C. F. Dodson requested the Trustees to allow him to 
foreclose mortgages, pay up all taxes on lands purchased 
from the Trustees in 1925 by him and associates, and then 
allow him a credit of the first payment on the land — ap- 
proximately $50,000.00 — on other lands owned by the State. 

Mr. Amos moved that the matter be held for a full mem- 
bership of the Trustees. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



107 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla $ 15.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 2.50 

Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 4 95 
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . ■ 2 00 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla 6.49 

E. B. Leatherman, Clerk, Miami, Fla 7.01 

J. F. Garner, Clerk, Ft. Myers, Fla 7.00 

Bonnie A. Willis, Inverness, Fla 7.00 

George C. Crom, Gainesville, Fla. 187.80 

$240.00 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
4TTEST- Governor— Chairman. 

F". C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, May 20, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle. E. Carlton, Governor. 
x Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Application was received from Wallis Engineering Com- 
pany, representing elient O. Darden, for the purchase of 
29.17 acres of lake bottom land within the limits of Sections 
25 and 26, Township 43 South, Range 36 East, outside the 
meander of Lake Okeechobee, and offered $50.00 per acre 
for the land. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the offer of $50.00 per acre be ac- 
cepted, the purchaser to pay for cost of survey. Seconded 
by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. C. F. 
Dodson, requesting the Trustees to allow him to foreclose 
mortgages and clear up all taxes on lands purchased from 
t he Trustees in 1925, thereby vesting title to the land in the 
Trustees and apply the first payment made by Mr. Dodson 
and associates of approximately $50,000.00 on other land 
owned bv the State. 



108 

Mr. Davis moved that the Trustees allow Mr. Dodson to 
reconvey three-fourths of the land, after all taxes and 
mortgages have been cleared up, retaining one-fourth rep- 
resented by the first payment and if it is desired that an 
exchange for other lands be made, the Trustees will make 
such exchange, provided the transaction is consummated 
within one year from this date. The Trustees to set the 
price on the land to be exchanged. Seconded by Mr. Mayo 
and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Walsh, Beck- 
ham, Farley & Ellis, attorneys, representing Mr. Wm. G. 
Blanehard, again requesting the return of first payment on 
land purchased from the State in Broward County, being 
Tracts 14 and 15, Section 32, Township 50 South, Range 41 
East. 

Mr. Mayo moved that as it was through no fault of the 
State that the deed had not been delivered to Mr. Blaneh- 
ard, but his failure to execute mortgage, that the Trustees 
reaffirm their action of February 11th, 1929, agreeing to 
deed him land equal to the first payment and allow him to 
re-deed the remainder of the land contained in the original 
purchase. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 



Application was received from Knight, Pace & Holt, rep- 
resenting their client, Investment Syndicate Incorporated, 
to purchase oil and mineral rights on land to which they 
do not have legal title. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to advise 
Knight, Pace & Holt that they did not feel justified in issu- 
ing lease on the lands under the existing circumstances. 



Mr. R. H. Bagley, Sr., whose son, R. H. Bagley, Jr., was 
drowned during the 1928 storm in the Everglades, and who 
purchased 9.77 acres of land in Seetion 13, Township 43 
South, Range 36 East, paying $750.00 cash and giving notes 
for the balance, requested the Trustees to deed him land 
equal to the amount paid by his son. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees deed Mr. Bagley land 
represented by the first payment, the selection to be made 
from plat to be furnished. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted. 



The Land Clerk again presented the matter of $436.80 
taxes outstanding against 20 'acres of land in Section 19, 

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109 

Township 43 South, Range 37 East, in the purchase of Fred 
S. Aiken, December 27th, 1921, on which he made a cash 
payment of $350.00, reporting that no further payments 
on the principal, interest or taxes have been made and Mr. 
Aiken can not be located by letter. 

Mr. Knott moved that the taxes be paid to protect the 
Trustees' interest and that mortgage be foreclosed in order 
to get the title back in the State. Seconded by Mr. Amos 
and adopted. 

Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from Con- 
rad & Meyer of New Haven, ConnVmaking application to 
lease for oil purposes the 266,700 acres of land in Broward 
and Dade Counties advertised for petroleum lease December 
4, 1928. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees do not enter into such 
lease as they had previously taken the position that they 
would not lease these lands for oil purposes. Seconded by 
Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, stated that Mr. Richardson, 
Land Agent, had reported finding certain sand material 
in West Florida which could be disposed of if the Trustees 
had authority to do so, and presented draft of a bill for 
consideration. The bill authorized the Trustees to sell or 
lease any phosphate, earth or clay, sand, gravel, shell, min- 
eral, metal, timber or water, or any other substance similar 
to the foregoing, in, on, or under the sovereignty lands of 
the State of Florida. 

After consideration the Attorney General moved that the 
Trustees approve such bill for passage by the Legislature. 
Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, May 24, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 



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W, V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. H. L. Mead, manager of the American Cyanamid 
Company, reported to the Trustees that his company was 
putting in a plant on Tampa Bay, and their attorneys had 
advised that it would be advisable to secure a quit-claim 
deed from the State to the bay bottoms adjacent to their 
uplands out to a three-foot depth, and it was for the pur- 
pose of securing this deed that he was appearing before 
the Trustees. • 

After discussion of the proposition the Attorney General 
presented the following resolution and moved its adoption : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, The American Cyanamid Company pro- 
poses to actually bulkhead, fill in and improve certain sub- 
merged lands in Ilillsboro County, Florida, on Tampa 
Bay, and proposes to acquire title to said submerged lands 
under Chapter 8537, Acts of 1921, Laws of Florida, en- 
titled "AN ACT Granting and Confirming Riparian 
Rights and Submerged and Filled-in Lands"; and 

WHEREAS, upon the completion of the acquisition of 
said title the said American Cyanamid Company desires 
to obtain from the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
record evidence showing a release and quit-claim of all 
rights which said Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
would have had in said lands had the improvements not 
been accomplished, as well as the lands additional thereto 
and connected therewith as shown upon plat of proposed 
plant site this day submitted to the Trustees; now, there- 
fore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Trustees Internal Improve- 
ment Fund that upon the completion of the actual bulk- 
heading and filling-in of a substantial portion of said lands 
in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 8537, 
which completion shall be examined and approved by the 
Engineer of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund, and 
report to the Trustees of such completion for ratification, 
that the Trustees will grant a quitclaim deed to the said 
American Cyanamid Company to all of said lands and to 
the submerged lands as well as the filled-in portion thereof 



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shown upon map presented to the Trustees and according 
to description to be furnished the Trustees, upon payment 
of $500.00 to the Trustees therefor. 

Upon vote the resolution was adopted. 

The Attorney General moved that pending examination 
and report of the Engineer ghat the filling-in had been 
completed as required by law, that the quit-elaim deed 
from the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund be placed 
in escrow pending completion of such filling in and con- 
struction of the plant to be constructed on the filled-in 
area. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 

The Attorney General suggested that Knight, Thomp- 
son & Turner, attorneys for American Cyanamid Com- 
pany, furnish form of deed to be executed to the said com- 
pany, giving correct description of land, which was agreed 
to. 



Dr. Thomas E. Wills appeared before the Trustees and 
requested that the remainder of land which the Trustees 
had set aside for Palm Beach County, being approximately 
1,500 acres, be converted into cash and the amount real- 
ized from said sale be applied on the construction of a 
road along North Canal and on necessary work in the 
canal. 

The Trustees requested the Chief Drainage Engineer to 
make a report as to the cost of this work with his recom- 
mendations. Further action on the matter was deferred 
until after the adjournment of the Legislature, and Dr. 
Wills was so advised. 



Mr. W. T. Wallis, representing Brown Company of 
Portland, Maine, requested the Trustees to issue proxy to 
Mr. W. C. Lord of Brown Drainage District to vote the 
acreage of the Trustees in that district at a meeting of the 
landowners to be held during the month of June, 1929. 

Upon motion duly seconded and adopted, the Trustees 
executed proxy to Mr. W. C. Lord of Belleglade to vote 
the acreage of the Trustees at the meeting to be held in 
June. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 






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Tallahassee, Florida. 
May 27, 1929 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, 

Minutes of the Trustees of May 13th. 20th and 24th, 
presented and approved. 



Senator John W. Watson of Miami and Representative 
E. Bruce Youngs of Dade County appeared before the 
Trustees relative to a bill to be presented to the Legislature 
granting to the City of Miami certain submerged land 
for an airport. 

After discussion the Attorney General suggested that 
the bill authorize the Trustees to grant certain submerged 
and partly submerged lands in Biscayne Bay to the City 
of Miami for municipal purposes, including an airport 
for said city, and to set aside and reserve lauds necessary 
for that purpose, which suggestion was approved by the 
Trustees, 

Messrs. Watson and Youngs were advised that the Trus- 
tees had no objection to the passage of a bill such as the 
Attorney General suggested. The Attorney General was 
requested to draft the Bill. 



Land in Franklin County, described as Tow Head Marsh, 
near the City of Apalachicola, advertised for sale on this 
date, upon application of P. 0. Schoelles Company, was 
deferred on account of objections filed by Mrs. Clara 
Popham claiming ownership. 



The Secretary presented report of Mr. A. R. Richard- 
son* Land Agent, on mineral bearing sand, which examina- 
tion was made following application of Dr. T. E. Kennedy 
for lease. 

The report was ordered filed and action on lease post- 
poned for a full membership of the Trustees. 



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The Secretary presented telegram from Perry, Bell. 
Bollinger and Johnson, making application to purchase 
land in Pelican Lake. 

The matter was ordered held over until after adjourn- 
ment of the Legislature. 



Mr. H. R. Williams made application to purchase sub- 
merged land adjacent to his upland property. 

The matter was ordered referred to Mr. Richardson. 
Land Agent, for examination as to evidence of title of 
the upland ownership. 



Mr. W. T. Wallis who made an offer March 12th, for 
Pelican Lake and Pelican Bay, requested the Trustees to 
allow him to file a supplemental bid to be considered when 
the sale of these lands was taken up. 

The Trustees advised Mr. Wallis that if he would submit 
his supplemental bid in writing the same would be con- 
sidered. 

Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from Mr. T. W. 
Shands, asking to be advised when he might appear before 
the Trustees. 

Counsel was directed to notify Mr. Shands that the 
Trustees would be in session Monday, June 3, and he 
could be present at that time. 



Mr. 1C C. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented the matter of 
check from Mr. Fred E, Fenno, Clerk of the Cireuit Court 
of Palm Beach County, drawn on the Citizens Bank, 
(which bank closed its doors June 26, 1928,), and advised 
that certificates were being held in this office, payment 
for which had been made to Mr. Fenno and that parties 
redeeming were anxious to get the certificates and clear 
up the matter. 

The Trustees ordered that the Certificates reported by 
the Clerk as paid be released to the parties redeeming, 
and that Counsel for the Trustees take the matter up with 
Mr, Fenno with a view to ascertaining the status of 
securities deposited in the Bank to take care of check to 
the Trustees covering redemptions. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

F, C. Elliot, Tallahassee, Fla $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Tallahassee, Fla 229.16 



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A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee. Fla $ 333.34 

F. E. Bayless. Tallahassee. Fla 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Tallahassee, Fla 80.00 

Jentye Dedge; Tallahassee, Fla 75.0(1 

L. T. Galphin. Tallahassee. Fla 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Tallahassee. Fla 83.33 

R. W. Ervin. Tallahassee, Fla 233.34 

Robert Wynn, Janitor, Tallahassee, Fla 40,00 

C. B. Gwynn. Tallahassee, Fla 300.00 

Josh L. Barber, Clerk, Okeechobee, Fla 3.86 

Samuel D. Jordan, Clerk. DeLand, Fla 2,25 

Fred E. Fenno, Clerk. West Palm Beach, Fla. 436.80 
Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla 270.40 



$ 2,595.82 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 






ATTEST ; 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Ernest Amos, 
Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 



Tallahassee, Florida, June 3, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : > 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Minutes of May 27th, presented and approved. 



Mr. T, W. Shands of Gainesville, Florida, made appli- 
cation to purchase 2,172.45 acres of land in Orange Lake, 
all lying east of a line drawn north and south through the 
middle of Sections 15 and 22, Township 12 South, Ranpe 
22 East, Alachua County, offering $1.25 per acre for the 
land. 

Mr. Amos moved that action on the application be de- 
ferred for a full board meeting. Seconded and u|>on vote 
adopted. 






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Mr. Cromwell Gibbons of Jacksonville made application 
for right-of-way or easement over and under Tampa Bay 
in Section 7, Township 32 South, Kange 17 East — 30,000 
feet in length by 800 feet in width, covering approximately 
six miles, for the purpose of constructing a tunnel and 
causeway. 

After discussion Mr. Amos moved that the matter be 
referred to counsel for an opinion as to whether the Trus- 
tees are authorized to make such easement, and also that 
the matter be given publicity in Hillsboro and Pinellas 
Counties. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. B. D. Dickens of Wewahitehka appeared before 
the Trustees relative to dredging^ive shell in the Dead 
Lakes, Gulf County. 

A bill having been passed at the regular session of the 
Legislature authorizing the Trustees to make leases for 
dredging such shell, the Trustees directed that the Secre- 
tary and Counsel obtain information and data from other 
States issuing leases for such material and report their 
findings. Mr. Dickens was advised that action would be 
taken as soon as the above information was received. 



Mr. William Bloom, purchaser of 28 acres of land in 
Section 19, Township 42 South, Range 37 East, Palm 
Beach County, in 1927, for which he paid $155.00 per acre 
nn competitive bids, requested an adjustment in the price 
paid. 

After due consideration the Trustees advised Mr. Bloom 
that they eould not made any reduction in the price as the 
purchase was made on competitive bids, but if pay- 
ment of $1,080,00 due last October was made within 
thirty days and the second payment due in August of this 
year, was made promptly, the Trustees would cancel in- 
terest to date — interest from this date to continue. The 
offer was accepted by Mr, Bloom. 



Wall is Engineering Company having submitted a bid 
for Pelican Lake and Pelican Bay land on May 11th, ap- 
peared before the Trustees and presented written supple- 
mental bid to be considered when action is taken on the 
sale of these lands. The Trustees directed that supple- 
mental bid be filed with the Land Department. 



116 

Wallis Engineering Company made an offer of $50.00 
per acre for land outside the meander line of Lake Okee- 
chobee, lying north of Torry Island in Section 25, Town- 
ship 43 South, Range 36 East, Palm Beach County, con- 
taining 55 acres — purchaser to furnish survey and de- 
scription. 

Mr. Amos moved that the matter be postponed for fur- 
ther consideration. Seconded and npon vote adopted. 



The Trustees deeided to decline all offers to purchase 
land outside the meander line of Lake Okeechobee until 
a definite location for the dyke around Lake Okeechobee 
had been finally determined. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Carl 
T. Hoffman, representing Mr. Jas. C. Flannery, fwith 
reference to request for adjustment on lands purchased 
from the Trustees in Township 55 South, Range 35 East, 
and making application for release of one and one-fourth 
sections of land contained in the purchase. 

The Attorney General moved that Mr. Flannery be al- 
lowed to foreclose all mortgages on the land at his ex- 
pense and re-convey three-fourths of original purchase; 
and upon completion of these transactions the Trustees 
would sell to him the reconveyed three-fourths at $10.00 
per acre on terms and release the one and one-fourth sec- 
tions desired. The Land Department was directed to so 
advise Mr. Hoffman. 



Mr. Arthur Wells, purchaser of land under Entries 
No. 17064 and No. 17121, requested extension of one year 
.on note due the Trustees upon payment of the interest. 

The Trustees agreed to allow the extension upon pay- 
ment of the interest.* 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, having been requested to make 
examination of land in Seminole County, applied for by 
J. D. Brown with an offer of $600.00 for the 40 acres in 
Section 2, Township 21 South, Range 31 East, appraised 
the land as being worth $100.00 per acre. 

Upon motion of Mr. Amos, duly adopted, the offer of 
Mr. Brown was declined and the Land Department was 
directed to advise him that the Trustees would sell the 
land for $4,000.00. 



117 

Mr. B. P. Hampton having filed school selection on cer- 
tain land near Venice, on which Mr. John M. Sutton filed 
swamp selection, requested the Trustees to withdraw the 
swamp selection. 

The Trustees directed that the swamp selection prevail 
and that Mr. Hampton be so advised. 



Mr. William Bloom made an offer of $50.00 per acre for 
40 acres of sovereignty land in the NE comer of Pelican 
Bay, adjoining Pelican River. 

Upon motion, duly adopted, this application was ordered 
held over until after the adjournment of the Legislature. 



Chuluota Land Company made application to purchase 
Section 19, Township 31 South, Range 32 East, Seminole 
County, on which land they hold tax deed. 

The Land Agent having appraised this land at $50,00 per 
acre, Mr. Amos moved that the Land Department advise 
Chuluota Land Company that the Trustees will accept that 
price. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Trustees having agreed to sell certain land in Duval 
County to Mr. John V. Daniels, the following advertise- 
ment was,ordered placed in the Times- Union : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, June 3, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida 
will hold a meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, 
July 9th, A, D. 1929, at Tallahassee, to consider the 
sale of the following described submerged land in 
DUVAL County, Florida: 

daniel's addition to mayport 

For a point of beginning to the description of 
the land herein conveyed, commence at the North- 
east corner of Section 19, Township 1 South, Range 
29 East, run thence South 1 degree 3 Minutes East 
along the eastern boundary of said Section 19, as 
extended across the St. Johns River 5,287.92 feet 
to the southeast corner of said Section 19 (which 
point is in the St. Johns River) ; 



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Thence continue South 1 degree 3' East along 
the eastern boundary of Section 30, 102.9 feet to an 
8" x 8" concrete post with brass cap marked "U. S. 
Property Line" situated in said east line of Sec- 
tion 30, Township 1 South, Range 29 East; 

Thence run South 65 degree 55' 15" West 957.2 
feet to the Northwest corner of tract of land con- 
veyed to the 17. S. Government by the State of 
Florida by deed dated February 26, 1929 (which 
point is the point of beginning of the tract of land 
herein conveyed and which point is located in the 
present high water mark of the St. Johns River) ; 

From the said above described point of begin- 
ning, run South 72 degrees 28' West 360 feet, along 
highwater mark of the St. Johns River; 

Thence South 55 degrees 35' West 675 feet along 
highwater mark of the St. Johns River ; 

Thence South 46 degrees 12' 15" West 539.3 
feet along highwater mark of the St. Johns River ; 

Thence South 47 degrees 38' East 419 feet ; 

Thence North 71 degrees 05' 30" East 265 feet ; 

Thence North 44 degrees 20' 30" East 1,256.6 
feet ; 

Thence North 42 degrees 49' 15" West 219.5 feet 
along the West line of F. S. Tract to point of be- 
ginning. 

Containing 15.3 acres, more or less, known as 
DANIEL'S ADDITION TO MAYPORT, accord- 
ing to Plat recorded in Plat Book 7, page 44, of 
the public records of Duval County, Florida, being 
the land herein conveyed. Lying and being in 
Section 30, Township 1 South, Range 29 East, 
Duval County, State of Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Sec- 
tion 1062 of the Revised General Statutes of Flor- 
ida, that any person or persons who may have 
objections to said sale may have an opportunity to 
present same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOjYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary.- 



119 

May bills of the Board of Fire Control, amounting to 
$4,973.15, approved by said Board were passed by the 
Trustees and ordered transmitted to the Comptroller for 
payment from the Fire Tax Fund. 

Financial Statement for the month of May was presented 
and ordered placed of record i 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR MAY. 1929 

Balance in Fund May 1, 1929 . .$105,621.10 

From land sales under Chap. 9131, 
Acta of 1923, and Chap. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 35,506.83 

Refund on aecaunt of overpay- 
ment Drainage Taxes — Broward 
County 391.62 

From Fire Control Board on ac- 
count repavment of loan (Comp- 
troller's Warrant No. 116093) 15,977.45 

From sale of Minutes 1.50 

From Land Sales ($520.35) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($130.09) 390.26 

$157,888.76 * 
Less Disbursements 2,835.82 

Balance on hand June 1, 1929 ... $155,052.94 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items .$ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 154,052.94 

$155,052.94 
BALANCES IN BANKS JUNE 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 14,502.83 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 5,178.16 

^Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 56,473.36 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 17,322.51 



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First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,606.36 
Capital Citv Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla. 23,189.79 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 17,240.44 

Lewis State Bank Tallahassee, 

Fla ! 9.539.49 



$154,052.94 
DISBURSEMENTS 

Date Cheek 

1929 No. In Favor of — Amount 

May 14 7786 W. H. May, Postmaster $ 15.25 

7787 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 2.50 

7788 Southern Telephone & Constr. Co. 4.95 

7789 Western Union Telegraph Co 2. 00 

7790 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 6.49 

7791 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C 7.01 

7792 J. P. Garner, C. C. C 7.00 

7793 Bonnie A. Willis 7.00 

7794 George C. Crom 187.80 

28 7795 F. C. Elliot 225.00 

7796. M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7797 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

7798 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

7799 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

7800 Jentye Dedge ....'. 75.00 

7801 L: T. Oalphin, Jr 50.00 

7802 Hattic Bell 83.33 

7803 R< W. Ervin 233.34 

7804 Robt. Wvnn 40.00 

7805 J. L. Barber, C. C. C 3.86 

7806 Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C 2.25 

7807 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 436.80 

7808 Rov A. O'Bannon, T: C 270.40 

7809 0. B. Qwyna 300.00 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



$2,835.82 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida. 
June 10, 1929 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Minutes of the Trustees of June 3, 1929, presented and 
approved. 

Mr. Jas, M iv«se r of Tallahassee appeared before the 
Trustees and made application to purchase approximately 
3 acres of submerged land, extending into the Gulf of 
Mexico 653.4 feet by 200 feet wide, adjacent to his upland 
on Palm Island, at East Goose Creek, Wakulla County, 
Florida. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustes sell the land to Mr. 
Messer at a price of $10.00 per acre, subject to advertise- 
ment for objections as required by law. Motion seconded 
and duly adopted. The land was ordered advertised upon 
description being furnished. 



The Secretary presented proposition of Southern Sugar 
Company for exchange of certain land with the Trustees 
on an acre for an acre basis. 

Upon motion of Mr. Amos, seconded and duly adopted, 
the matter was held over for a full board meeting. 



The Secretary presented telegram and letter from Mr. 
R. G. Johnson, with request that proxy be issued to him to 
vote the acreage of the Trustees in Pahokee Drainage Dis- 
trict. 

The Trustees not having sufficient information as to the 
purpose of the meeting, declined to grant proxy. 



The Secretary presented application of Mr. A.. L. 
Matthews to purchase tax land in Section 7. Township 42 
South, Range 37 East, Glades County, containing 480 acres, 
or to lease the land for three or five years, with option to 
to purchase at expiration of lease. 

Mr, Amos moved that the Trustees do not lease the 
land but that it be advertised fdr sale at a price not less 



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than $7.00 per acre, plus all taxes and costs, except to the 
original- owner. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote 
adopted, 

Mr. A. R. Richardson. Land Agent, having reported on 
mineral bearing sand applied for by Dr. T. S. Kennedy; 
and recommending a royalty of 25 cents per ton for the 
sand, the Trustees directed him to advise Dr. Kennedy 
of the price and ascertain if he desired the Trustees to 
take action on his request for an option. 



Mr. H. J. Anderson, one of the settlers purchasing land 
in the Pelican Lake seetion, advised the Trustees that a 
small portion of the tracts— 31-A and 32-A, Seetion 24, 
Township 42, Range 37, which he was purchasing was 
outside the meander line and he desired to know what 
price the Trustees would place on the land. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
decided to sell this piece of land at the same price as 
other land — $200,00 per acre, and directed the Land 
Department to so advise Mr. Anderson. 



Mr. W. C. Caldwell made application to purchase the 
SW14 of NE14 of Section 29, Township 1 North, Range 
14 East- — 40.04 acres and offered $10.00 per acre for the 
same. 

The offer was declined. 



Mr. P. K. Smiley of St. Petersburg, represented by his 
Attorneys, Donelly & Williams, made application to pur- 
chase sovereignty lands adjacent, to his upland in Section 
19, Township 31 South. Range 17 East, at a price of $100.00 
per acre. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Richardson to make an exam- 
ination of the land and report, whereupon the application 
would be considered. 



Wallis Engineering Company, representing Chas. Mo ran, 
made an offer of $50.00 per acre for land adjacent to 
the Sy 2 of Section 30. Township 42, Range 37 — 100 acres. 

The Trustees ordered that this application be held over 
for a full meeting of the Trustees. 



The Attorney General presented a bill which had been 
submitted to- him by Representative Robineau of Dade 



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County, authorizing the Trustees to donate certain land 
for an Everglades National Park to occupy the South- 
western extremity of the Peninsula of Florida, in Monroe 
and Dade Counties. 

The Chief Drainage Engineer of the Board was requested 
to go over the Bill and report to the Trustees the status 
of the State lands involved. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

*, Governor- Chairman. 

ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, June 11, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. Cromwell Gibbons of Jacksonville appeared before 
the Trustees and requested that they recommend the pas- 
sage of a General Law authorizing the Trustees to sell 
certain lands under the tidal waters of the State beyond 
the three-foot depth. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted, the matter 
was ordered referred to the Attorney General for what 
action he deemed proper. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST ■ Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, June 13, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos. Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred II . Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 






124 • 

The Commissioner of Agriculture brought to the atten- 
tion of the Trustees the matter of land selections made by 
Mr, John M. Sutton, while Selecting Agent for the Trus- 
tees, and desired to know the pleasure of the Trustees 
with reference to Appeals on these selections. 

The Attorney General moved that in each instance 
where an appeal was necessary, that the Commissioner 
of Agriculture be authorized to address a letter to Mr. 
Sutton, giving him specific instructions and authority 
to prepare Appeals on that certain Entry where he has 
been instrumental in making the selection. 

Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

Ernest Amos, 
ATT „n™ Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, June 17, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : • 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 
Minutes of the "Trustees of June 10th, 11th, and 13th, 
presented and approved. 



Senator John W. Watson and Messrs. Ernest Cotton 
and John W. Watson, Jr., representing the City of Miami, 
appeared before the Trustees relative to Act of the Legis- 
lature authorizing the Trustees to deed to the City of 
Miami for airport purposes, certain land in Biscayne Bay. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the matter 
was held over until the return of the Attorney General, 



Mr. T. A. Waits of Pahokee requested the Trustees to- 
reduee the price on Lots 3 and 4 of Section 23, Township 
42 South, Range 36 East, which he purchased from the 
Trustees. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the original price stand. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. Mr. Waits was so advised. 



125 

The Secretary presented copy of House Bill No. 503, 
authorizing the Trustees to grant certain land to Tropical 
Everglades Park Association for a National Park. 

The matter was ordered held over for further consider- 
tion. 



The Secretary presented data on the subject of Mussel 
Shell lease, and his recommendations as to form of lease 
to be issued. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Elliot and Mr. Mcintosh to 
prepare lease as suggested and submit to Messrs. Dickens 
& Shirey, for their consideration. 



Stapp, Vining & Ward, attorneys of Miami, representing 
George H. Snyder and Thos. H. Horobin, requested the 
Trustees to forward original mortgages No. 17311- A, 
1731 1-B and 173U-C from George H. Snyder and No. 
17235 from Thos. H, Horobin, with notes, to be used as 
evidence in foreclosure suits against the land. 

The Trustees agreed to grant the request and the Land 
Department was directed to forward such documents. 



Mr. T. W. Conley, Jr., of Okeechobee, on behalf of J. 
H, Walker, Sr., purchaser of land in Eagle Bay section, 
requested the Trustees to allow Mr. Walker to reconvey 
three-fourths of the land and cancel mortgages and notes 
and allow him to retain one-fourth, represented by the 
first payment. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted the request was 
granted and the Land Department directed to so advise 
Mr. Conley. 



The Land Department presented request from a pur- 
chaser, asking that he be allowed to reconvey land pur- 
chased and have amount paid refunded to him, as he was 
unable to pay balance due or take care of the taxes on 
the land. 

The request was denied. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, 

Pla $ 2.14 

Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, 

Fla 4.25 



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Charles Williams Hardware Co., Tallahassee, 

Fla $ .6.-1 

Apalachicola Times, Apalachicola, Pla 15,00 

Fred E. Fenno, Clerk, West Palm Beach, Fla. 1.80 

Underwood Typewriter Co., Atlanta, Ga 159,50 

Ralph Johnson, Tax Collector, Bradenton, Fla. 176.88 

Underwood Typewriter Co., Atlanta, Ga. s . . . 2.00 

W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahasee, Fla 10,00 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



372.22 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, June 18, 1929. * 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met em 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present: 

Boyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Senator John W. Watson and Messrs. Ernest Cotton and 
John W, Watson, Jr., appeared before the Trustees relative 
to Act of the Legislature of 1929 session, authorizing the 
Trustees to grant certain land in Biscayne Bay to tiie City 
of Miami for airport and harbor purposes. 

The Attorney General called the attention of the Trustees 
to the fact that the School Fund had to be protected in the 
disposition of State land, and that some price should be 
agreed upon as the School Fund's equity in the land. 

Mr. Amos moved that the interest of the School Fund 
in the land to be granted to the City of Miami be sold at 
$10.00 per acre, and that legal notice for objections be 
published for 30 days. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon 
vote adopted. Whereupon, the following notice was or- 
dered placed in the Miami Herald : 



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NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida.. June 18, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at 10 o'clock A. M. Tuesday, July 23rd, A. D. 
1929, at Tallahassee, to consider the transfer of the follow- 
ing described submerged land in Dade County, Florida, to 
the City of Miami, Florida: 

Beginning at a point on the East boundary of 
Section 8, in Township 54 South, Range 42 East, 
Dade County, Florida, 1,000 feet North of the 
Southeast corner of said Section 8 ; 

Thence West parallel with the South boundary 
of said Section 8, a distance of 5,280 feet more or 
less, to a point on the West boundary of said Sec- 
tion 8, 1,000 feet North of the Southwest corner 
thereof ; 

Thence South on the West boundary of Section 
8 to the Southwest corner of the Section; 

Thence West on the North boundary of Section 
18, 1,000 feet; 

Thence South to a point 150 feet North of the 
center line of the proposed causeway, said distance 
of 150 feet being measured at right angles te the 
axis of the said causeway; 

Thence Northwesterly parallel with and at a 
distance of 150 feet at right angles with said cause- ■ 
way to a point where the said line intersects the 
harbor and bulkhead line as established by the 
United States on the West Side of Biscayne Bay ; 

Thence following said Harbor and Bulkhead 
line Southwesterly to a point 150 feet Southwest- 
erly of the center line of said causeway as meas- 
ured at right angles thereto ; 

Thence Southeasterly parallel with and at a dis- 
tance of 150 feet from the center line of said pro- 
posed causeway to a point 1,000 feet West of the 
Eastern boundary of Section 18 ; 

Thence South to the intersection of said line 
with the South boundary of said Seetion 18 ; 

Thence continuing in Section 19, 1,000 feet ; 

Thence East 1,000 feet, more or less, to the 
Eastern boundary of said Seetion 19 ; 



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Thence South along the Eastern boundary of 
Section 19. 1,300 feet more or less; 

Thence in an Easterly direction to connect with 
the Southwestern extremity of Virginia Key; 

Thence following the West shore line of Virginia 
Key in a general Northerly and Northeasterly 
direction to its intersection with the East boundary 
of Section 17 j 

Thence North along the East boundary of Sec- 
tion 17, to the Northeast corner of said Section ; 

Thence North along the East boundary of Sec- 
tion 8, a distance of 1,000 feet to the point of be- 
ginning first above described ; 

Containing 1,047 acres, more or less, all being 
in Township and Range first above described. 

This Notice is published pursuant to an Act of the 1929 
Session of the Legislature, reserving, setting aside and 
granting to the City of Miami certain submerged lands and 
bay bottoms in Biscayne Bay for public purposes, in which 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund are author- 
ized to convey to the City such submerged lands or bay 
bottoms, or any part thereof, and is notice to owners of 
adjacent property which may be affected by the proposed 
improvement, that they may appear and state their legal, 
valid objections, if any, to the proposed conveyance. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST: Governor. 

F. C, Elliot, Secretary. 



The Trustees agreed to loan the Drainage Board $100,- 
000.00 until November 1, 1929, and accepted note of the 
Board therefor. 

The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date, 
upon application of Snell Isle, Incorporated, 153.5 acres 
of submerged land adjacent to upland ownership in Sec- 
tions 8, 9, 16 and 17, Township 31 South, Range 17 East, 
being Tracts 1 and 2, Pinellas County, upon an offer of 
$100.00 per acre, and no objection being filed or presented, 
Mr< Amos moved that the land be sold to Snell Isle, In* 
eorpbrated, at the above price. Motion seconded by Mr. 
Davis and upon vote adopted. 



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The Commissioner of Agriculture was requested to is- 
sue deed to Snell Isle, Incorporated. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date land 
in Pinellas County, applied for by Webb & Yates for John 
W, Bate, upland owner, being 0.31 of an acre in Section 
33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East, and no objections 
being filed or presented, the sale was consummated to Mr. 
Bate at a price of $100.00 per acre. 

The Land Department was directed to issue deed. 



C. L. Wilder of Pahokee requested the Trustees to ex- 
change lands purchased by him (which are now on the lake 
side of the levee) in Section 25, Township 42 South, Range 
36 Bast, and Section 30, Township 43 South, Kange 37 
East, for Sovereignty lands between his upland and the 
levee in front of Lot 5, Section 25, Township 42 South, 
Range 36 East. 

After discussion, the Trustees decided to defer action as 
the location of the dike or levee has not been definitely 
decided upon. Mr. Wilder was advised that his applica- 
tion for exchange would be deferred until a later date. 



C. L. Wilder requested extension on payment due by 
him on land which he contracted to purchase from the 
Trustees. 

An extension of thirty days was granted to Mr. Wilder, 
or to July 18th, 1929, and the Land Department was 
directed to advise other purchasers in that section that 
this extension would be granted. 



Mr. James Messer of Tallahassee, having made applica- 
tion to purchase land in front of his upland at East 
Goose Creek, the Trustees ordered the following adver- 
tisement placed in the Wakulla County News: 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, June 18, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a meet- 
ing at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, July 23rd, A. D. 1929, 
at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following de- 
scribed submerged land in WAKULLA County, Florida: 

5—1. 1. F. 



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That Tract or Lot of land in Wakulla County, 
Florida, described as follows: 

An extension of four (4) lots, each one hundred 
(100) feet square, making a square two hundred 
(200) feet each way and covering that particular 
plot of ground generally known as "Palm 
Island" at East Goose Creek, in Lot No. 120 of 
Hartsfield Survey, and which said extension em- 
braces a traet or lot formed by the projection, ex- 
tension and prolongation of the side lines of said 
square two hundred (200) feet each way to and 
into the Gulf of Mexico for a distance of six hun- 
dred fifty-three and four-tenths (653.4) feet, 
said side lines being two hundred (200) feet apart 
and parallel, the said tract containing three (3) 
acres, more or less. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
* mm „r, m Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, June 24, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the Capitol building. 
Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The Secretary presented the matter of approval of Mus- 
sel Shell lease, applied for by Messrs. Dickens & Shirey 
of Gulf County, the terms of which had been agreed on 
by the Trustees and Messrs Dickens & Shirey. 



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The Trustees approved the lease in final form and di- 
rected the Secretary to furnish copy of same to Messrs. 
Dickens and Shirey for execution and for bond to be filed. 
Upon receipt of bond and lease, the Trustees will affix 
their signatures and seal. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

P. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary $ 230.00 

M. C. Melntosh, Counsel 229.16 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

L. T. Galphin, Jr., Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

R. W. Ervin, General Utility Man 233.34 

C. B. Gwvnn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 



$ 1,847.51 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller-Acting Chairman, 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 1, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Minutes of the Trustees of June 17th, 18th, and 24th 
presented and approved. 



Tlie Land Department presented letter from Mr. T. W. 
Conley, Jr., representing Harley Holmes, requesting the 
Trustees to return $300.00 deposited in 1925 by Mr. Holmes 
for the purchase of land in the Eagle Bay section, to which 
deed was never issued on aecount of survey never having 
been made. 



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Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees refund the $300,00 
deposit of Mr. Holmes upon his surrendering any claim to 
the land. Seconded by Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 



W. C. Caldwell made an offer of $1.00 per acre for 40 
acres of land near Jasper, Florida. t 

The offer was declined. 



T. C. Douglas of Welaka made an offer of $100.00 per 
acre cash for an island in the St. Johns River in Sections 
35 and 36, Township 10 South, Range 26 East, containing 
from 8 to 15 acres, about 8 miles south of Palatka. 

The offer was declined. 



Treadwell & Treadwell of Arcadia requested adjustment 
on land purchase of Miss Ruth McElya, the land having 
sold at $100.00 per acre. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees allow Miss McElya to 
retain one-half of the land, represented by payments made, 
and reconvey the balance, which reconveyed portion the 
Trustees would sell to her for $1,000.00. Motion seconded 
by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr, Bayless of the Land Department presented letter 
from Hull, Landis & Whitehair of DeLand, relative to re- 
cent purchase of land for the City of New Smyrna, and re- 
questing the Trustees to retain a vendor's lien, or some 
similar instrument, as they were of the opinion that the 
City of New Smyrna had no authority to sign and execute 
mortgage and notes for the purchase of this land. 

The Trustees ordered the matter referred to Counsel for 
opinion and report. 



Wallis Engineering Company submitted supplemental 
bid for land in Pelican Lake, exclusive of the portion de- 
sired by the organization of twelve farmers, and making an 
offer of $100.00 per acre for land outside the meander 
of Pelican Lake in Section 17, Township 42 South, Range 
37 East, lying east of the Florida East Coast Railway, con- 
taining approximately 40 aeres. 

Mr. Knott moved that this bid be filed with original bid 
to be considered when other applications for land in Peli- 
can Lake are before the Trustees for final disposition. Sec- 
onded, and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Doggett, 
Christy & Doggett, representing Southern Sugar Company 
and R. G, Johnson, relative to land covered by Entry No. 
16366, originally purchased by R. (>. Johnson, in which the 
Southern Sugar Company acquired an interest, requesting 
the Trustees to cancel the said Entry 26366 and issue deed 
to Southern Sugar Company for their interest, and to R. G. 
Johnson for his interest, and take separate mortgages and 
notes for balance due on the land. 

Mr. Amos moved that the request be complied with upon 
abstract being furnished and provided note due in August 
this year is promptly paid. Seconded by Mr, Knott and 
upon vote adopted. 



H. F. Wagner made an offer of $300.00 per acre for Lot 
1 in Section 9, Township 54, Range 42 — 1.82 acres on the 
north end of Virginia Key. 

The offer was declined. 



Messrs. W. A. Dutch and L. W. Jennings, Chief Fire 
Warden ami Attorney for the Board of Fire Control, which 
Board was abolished by the 1929 Session of the Legislature, 
appeared before the Trustees relative to disposition of 
equipment and property of the Fire Board. 

After discussion the Trustees requested Mr, Dutch to 
have inventory made of the property of the Fire Board and 
turn over such list and all office equipment to Glenn V. 
Seott, Engineer of the Drainage Board at West Palm Beach. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Dutch and the five deputies 
in the field be retained to carry on the work in the district 
until the organization of the new Everglades Board and 
that the headquarters of the Fire Board be moved to the 
field office of the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District tinder the supervision of Glenn V. Scott. 
Motion seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Bills of the Board of Fire Control for the month of June 
amounting to $2,356.68, were presented, approved and or- 
dered transmitted to the Comptroller with request that 
warrants be issued on the Fire Tax Fund, 



Mr. L. W. Jennings of Okeeehobee, representing the Trus- 
tees of land in Eagle Bay section, requested the Trustees to 
execute release of their interest in crops raised on the land 
embraced in the trusteeship, in order that the purchasers 



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may secure a loan of $25.00 per aere from the Government 
for planting crops this season, 

Mr. Knott moved that the release be granted as to the >s 
erops for the fall and winter season. Motion seconded and 
adopted. 

Mr. J. Stuart Lewis presented claim for one-fourth bal- 
ance which he claims to be due the City of Jacksonville and 
the counties of Jefferson and Leon for land apportioned 
to said City and counties on account of railroad bonds. 

Upon motion duly seconded and adopted the matter was 
deferred for a full board meeting. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Board of Commissioners Everglades Drainage 

District, Tallahassee, Fla $152,876.71 

Board of Commissioners Everglades Drainage 

District, Tallahassee, Fla 240.00 



$153,116.71 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Gove rnor — Cha i r ma n . 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 9, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Minutes of July 1st presented and approved. 



Mr. T. W. Shands requested the Trustees to take action 
on his application for purchase of 2,172.45 acres of land 
in Orange Lake, all lying east of a line drawn north and 
south through the middle of Sections 15 and 22. Township 
12 South, Range 22 East, Alachua County, with an offer 
of $1,25 per acre. 

The Trustees requested Mr. Elliot to make an examina- 
tion of the land applied for and report as soon as possible, 
at which time action would be taken. 



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The Trustees having advertised land in Duval County 
for sale on this date, being described at Daniels Addition 
to Mayport in Section 30, Township 1 South, Range 29 
Bast — approxunately 15 acres- — upon application of John 
V. Daniels, and no objections being presented or filed, the 
sale was made to Mr. Daniels at a price of $100.00 per acre. 

Mr. Milam, attorney for Mr. Daniels, being present, was 
advised that deed would be issued and forwarded as soon 
as possible. 



Pahokee Drainage District again requested the Trustees 
to issue proxy to R. G. Johnson to vote the acreage of the 
State at a landowners meeting, the purpose of which is to 
vote on the issuance of $10,000.00 of bonds. 

The Trustees agreed to issue proxy to Mr. Johnson to 
vote the acreage of the State. 

The Secretary presented brief of H. J. Chapman, on be- 
half of Okeelanta Plantation Company, relative to lands 
contained in Deed No. 16,195, dated December 15, 1908, por- 
tions of which were described as Fractional Sections owing 
to no survey having been made. 

The Trustees directed counsel to answer brief of Mr. 
Chapman. 



Numerous applications having been received for the pur- 
chase- of land in Pelican Lake, the Trustees directed the 
Chief Drainage Engineer of the Board to have survey 
made of the meander of Pelican Lake. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. W. G. Smith, 
representing Pelican Lake Farms, Incorporated, requesting 
that land in Section 17, Township 42 South, Range 37 East, 
be excluded from their application as this land is not bay 
bottom and not desired by his company, 

Mr. Amos moved that the land be excluded from the ap- 
plication of Pelican Lake Farms, Inc. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. Albert John- 
stad, secretary to Board of Fire Control, requesting that 
he be retained for the month of July to close up accounts 
of the Fire Board, and - also requested that an auditor be 
sent down to check his accounts. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
directed that Mr, Johnstad balance his accounts to date 



136 

and bring all books and accounts to Tallahassee to be 
audited by the accountant of the Trustees and Drainage 
Board. 



The Land Department presented letter from Messrs. Tra 
Bell, W. Moody and C. L. Moody, requesting that they be 
given additional extension of time in which to make pay- 
ments on land purchased from the Trustees. 

This land having been sold at a reduced price on condi- 
tion that payment be made within a certain time, Mr. Amos 
moved that no further action be taken until the time for 
payment had expired, which would be July 18th, 1929. 
Seconded and adopted. 



Mr. J as. A. Dew requested the Trustees to make ad- 
justment on his land purchase for which he paid $175.00 
per acre; a balance of $10,935.00, with interest from May 
28, 1924, to this date, being due. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees abide by action taken 
on this matter February 11, 1929. Seconded by Mr, Knott 
and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. A, R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that he was 
receiving numerous applications to lease land of the State 
in the Pelican Lake section, and desired to know the 
wishes of the Trustees as applications were on file for the 
purchase of some of the land. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Richardson rent or lease all 
land available owned by the State. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



Wallis Engineering Company, representing Chas. Moran 
of Pahokee, amended his application of June 10th to in- 
clude only the sovereignty land within the projected limits 
of the SV 2 of Section 30, Township 42 South, Range 37 
East, excepting therefrom a 500- foot right-of-way for the 
dyke, with the understanding that Mr. Moran has the 
right to purchase any of the dike right-of-way which is 
not needed by the district, and offering $50.00 per acre 
for the land. 

After discussion the Trustees decided not to sell the 
land applied for, as the location for the dike has not been 
decided on definitely. The Land Department was directed 
to so advise Mr. Wallis. 



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Wallis Engineering Company requested the Trustees to 
take action on their application of June 3rd for the pur- 
chase of sovereignty lands outside the meander line of 
Lake Okeechobee, lying north of Torry Island county road 
right-of-way, located in Section 25, Township 43 South, 
Range 36 East, Palm Beach County, containing approxi- 
mately 55 acres, for which $50.00 per acre was offered. . 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
decided not to sell the land at this time and the Land De- 
partment was directed to so advise Mr. Wallis. 



Mr. M. C. McTntosh, Counsel, was directed to take up 
the matter of ejectment suits against settlers on State land 
in Palm Beach County and notify attorney for the defend- 
ants that the Trustees will sell the land at a price of $50.00 
per acre for immediate acceptance, otherwise the prose- 
cution of the cases would be resumed. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Pla.. .$ 2.52 
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla. .99 
Southern Telephone & Construction Co., Talla- 
hassee, Pla 4.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 2.60 

Fred E. Penno, Clerk, West Palm Beaeh, Fla. . 12.90 

K. B. O'Quinn, Clerk, Clearwater, Fla 2.15 

The Clearwater Sun, Clearwater, Fla 67.50 

E. B. Leatherman, Clerk, Miami, Fla. ....... 7.45 

H. & W. B. Drew Company, Jacksonville, Pla.. 3.50 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 223.90 

$ 327.76 



Financial statement for the month of June presented 
and ordered placed of record: 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JUNE, 1929 

Balance in Fund June 1, 1929. .$155,052.94 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts 1923, and Ch. 10024, Acts 
1925 11,380.25 

Prom Drainage Tax Fund (Cer- 
tificates erroneously sold Trus- 
tees) Comptroller's Warrant 
No. 133692 45.36 



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Sale of Minutes $ 1 .50 

Sale of gravel 171,04 

Sale of sand 5.00 

From land sales ($81,538.02) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($20,384.49) 61,153.53 



$227,809.62 
Less Disbursements 2,219.73 

Balance on hand July 1, 1929. . . $225,589.89 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 224,589.89 

BALANCES IN BANKS JULY 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla $ 17,502.83 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla 5,178.16 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 120,547.96 

American National Bank, Pen- 
sacola, Fla 17,322.51 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,606.36 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 26,652.14 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla. 17,240.44 

Ijewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 9,539.49 



$224,589.89 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1929 No. In Favor of: Amount 

June 18, 7810 Western Union Telegraph Co.. $ 2.14 

7811 Southern Telephone & Constr. 

Co 4.25 



Date 

1929 



Check 

No. 



June 18, 7812 

7813 

7814 
7815 
7816 

7817 
7818 
27, 7819 
7820 
7821 
7822 
7823 
7824 
7825 
7826 
7827 
7828 



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In favor of: 
Charles Williams Hardware 

Co. i 

The Apalachicola Times 

Fred E, Penno, Clerk 

Underwood Typewriter Co. . . . 

Ralph Johnson, T. C 

Underwood Typewriter Co. . . 
W. H. May, Postmaster ..... 

C. B. Gwvnn 

P. C. Elliot 

M. C. Mcintosh 

A, R. Richardson 

P. E. Bayless 

A. C. Bridges 

Jentye Dedge 

L. T. Galphin, Jr ■ 

Hattie Bell 

R. W. Erwin 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



Amount 

4 .65 

15.00 

1.80 

159.50 

176.88 

2.00 

10.00 

300.00 

230.00 

229.16 

333.34 

233.34 

80.00 

75.00 

50.00 

83.33 

233.34 

$ 2,219.73 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman, 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
July 23, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of July 9th, presented and ap- 
proved. 



Consideration of the sale of land in Wakulla County, 
advertised to be sold on this date upon application of 






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Mr. James Messer of Tallahassee, June 18, was taken up 
and objections called for. 

The Secretary presented written objections from W. B. 
Myers, representing H. N. Walker and Daisy Walker, and 
from Y. L. Watson, representing B. M. Thomas, both 
parties claiming ownership of the land advertised. 

After di&cussjon and hearing of objections, Mr. Mayo 
moved that the sale be deferred and the matter referred 
to Counsel of the Trustees for an opinion as to claims of 
parties objecting. Seconded by Mr. Amos and upon vote 
adopted. 



On June 18th, 1929, the Trustees agreed to deed to the 
City of Miami 1,047 acres of submerged land in Biscayne 
Bay. as authorized by Chapter 13666, Acts of the Legis- 
lature of 1929, and subject to advertisement for objections; 
also subject to the interest of the School Fund, which was 
fixed at $10.00 per acre, or $2,617.50 for the School Funds' 
interest in the laud. 

This date having been set for hearing, H. Pierre Bran- 
ning, Attorney for Miami Bank & Trust Company, holders 
of mortgage on lands of Miami Real Estate Company, 
entered protest to the sale on the grounds that a convey- 
ance would tend to deprive them of security upon riparian 
rights, and by clouding title, etc. 

A letter was presented from F. H. Rand, Jr., President 
of Virginia Key Company, advising that his company had 
no objection to the sale or grant of land to the City of 
Miami, provided the Eastern boundary of the land shall 
be 800 feet from the Western boundary of his land. 

A resolution from the City Commission of the City of 
Miami, extending appreciation for the grant of this land 
was received. 

Brown Company of Portland, Maine, purchaser of Sov- 
ereignty land under Deed No. 17.215 dated May 11, 1925, 
filed a letter with the Trustees requesting that their inter- 
est be protected in case filling operations contemplated 
by them should be objected to by the City of Miami. 

For taking care of objections filed by Miami Bank & 
Trust Company, and for the protection of Brown Company 
and their development in Biscayne Bay without inter- 
ference from the City of Miami, and other similar situa- 
tions, the Trustees directed that the following clause 
be inserted in the conveyance to the City of Miami: 



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"Provided, that this conveyance shall in no way 
extinguish or affect any lawful lien or trust deed 
mortgaging riparian rights which may conflict 
with the above conveyance, or any prior or pres- 
ent existing rights of any party or parties, owning 
or having an equity in lands or bottoms adjacent 
to the tract hereby conveyed, and this convey- 
ance is made expressly subject to such provi- 
sions. ' * 

Messrs. Ernest Cotton and John W. Watson, Jr., repre- 
senting the City of Miami, agreeing to the above provisions, 
and upon receipt of check for $2,617.50 in payment of the 
Sehool Funds' interest in the land, the Trustees executed 
grant to the City of Miami. _^ 



Mr, P. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secretary, 
reported to the Trustees that he and Mr. Richardson, Land 
Agent, had made an investigation of the land applied for 
by Mr. T. W. S hands, the land being located in Orange 
Lake, Alachua County. 

After discussion Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees 
advertise the land for the highest bid, with the right to 
reject any and all bids, and if sold that certain reservations 
be made in the deed for protection of adjacent property 
owners. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 

Whereupon the following advertisement was ordered 
placed in the Gainesville News and the Ocala Banner: 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee. Florida, July 23, 1929, 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Inter- 
nal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will receive 
competitive bids in open session, at 10 o'clock A. M. on the 
27th day of August, A. D. 1929, at Tallahassee, Florida, 
for a tract of land in ALACHUA County, Florida, being 
a part of the bottom of Orange Lake, more particularly de- 
scribed as follows : 

All those parts of Sections 1, 12, 13, 14, Et/ 2 
of 15, Et/ 2 of 22 and 23 and 24, being part of the 
Bed of Orange Lake in Township 12 South, Range 
22 East; 

Containing 2,172.45 acres, more or less. 



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The sale contemplates certain improvements for the 
reclamation of the said land and the provision for certain 
corrective works to protect that part of Orange Lake to 
the West of the above described tract against change in 
water level from existing normal conditions, all of which 
are to be performed by the purchaser; information as to 
which may be obtained from the Trustees Internal Improve- 
ment Fund. 

Certified cheek for $100.00 must accompany each bid. 

The right to reject any or all bids is reserved. 

Requests for information, and bids should be addressed 
to the Secretary of Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
at Tallahassee. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



The Secretary reported that Mr. Albert O. Johnstad, 
secretary of the abolished Board of Fire Control, had 
brought up his accounts and records for checking by the 
accountant of the Trustees, and that Mr. Johnstad advised 
that all equipment of the Fire Board had been moved to 
the office of the Assistant Engineer of the Drainage Board 
at West Palm Beach. 

Upon motion of Mr. Davis, seconded and duly adopted, 
the Trustees ordered that Mr. Johnstad be paid his salary 
for the month of July, together with expenses on his trip to 
Tallahassee. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Deputy Fire Wardens be paid 
their usual salary of $100.00 per month and that they be 
allowed a mileage account not exceeding $50.00 per month. 
Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Scott be notified of this 
action of the Trustees to become effective August 1st, 1929. 



Mr. Vernon Price-Williams made application for oil lease 
on 33,280 acres of land in the Everglades Drainage District, 
located in Township 50 South, Range 35 East, Broward 
County, and in Townships 52, 54 and 55 South, Range 35 
East, Dade County, and agreed to pay all taxes on the said 
lands in quarterly payments. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees issue oil lease to Mr. 
Price-Williams on the above described land for a term of 



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five years upon payment of all the taxes on the lands as 
follows: One-fourth of the current year taxes upon execu- 
tion of the lease and the balance in three, six and nine 
months. Seconded by Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Elliot and Counsel for the Trustees were requested 
to draw lease with certain conditions required by the Trus- 
tees. 

Mr. Willard G. Smith, representing farmers in Pelican 
Lake section, requested the Trustees to take action on their 
application for the purchase of Pelican Lake at the earliest 
possible date and requested that these lands not be leased 
until such action was taken. 

The Attorney General advised that he would be in a posi- 
tion to report on the plans of the Pelican Lake Farmers 
Corporation at the next meeting of the Trastees. 

The Trustees notified Mr* Smith that he would be advised 
of the action of the Trustees on his application. 

Mr. J. Stuart Lewis having presented statement of one- 
fourth payment claimed by City of Jacksonville, Jefferson 
and Leon counties, the Trustees agreed to pay these amounts 
— three- fourths of the entire amount having been paid Feb- 
ruary 19, 1929. The minutes of May, 1916, disclosed that 
oth^r counties between Leon and Duval counties had re- 
ceived payment on this basis and the following amounts 
represent full and final settlement of claims against the 
Trustees of the above city and counties: 

City of Jacksonville $ 549.45 

Jefferson County 180.28 

Leon County 2,548.48 

Total $3,278.21 



Messrs. J. L. Doggett, Jules M, Burguieres and F. Dean 
Duff, of the Southern Sugar Company, requested the Trus- 
tees to make exchange of certain lands owned by them for 
lands of the Trustees, and advised that in making the ex- 
change Southern Sugar Company contemplated taking over 
mortgage of Tatum Brothers, the cash payment on which 
would be approximately $18,000.00, the balance to be paid 
one-fourth each year. 

The Trusfees requested Southern Sugar Company to fur- 
nish Mr. Elliot with list of lands to be exchanged and upon 
receipt of report from Mr. Elliot action would be taken. 



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Mr, J. Gordon Jones of Jacksonville requested the Trus- 
tees to advise if the State owns an island in the St, Johns 
River known as "Radeliff Island," and if so whether it was 
for sale and at what price. 

The Land Department was directed to make investigation 
as to ownership and if title is in the State to request Mr. 
Jones to make an offer for the island. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Carl T. 
Hoffman, representing Mr. Jas. C. Flannery, relative to ad- 
justment of Entry No. 17202 covering Sections 26, 27, 28, 
33 and 34, Township' 55, Range 38, requesting the Trustees 
to allow -Mr. Flannery to re-eonvey Sections 27, 33 and 34 
and cancel all certificates against the land ; Mr. Flannery to 
retain Section 26, free of all liens and after clearing the re- 
conveyed sections, thereby reducing the mortgage indebt- 
edness, apply the balance due against Section 28. 

Mr. Davis moved that the Trustees stand by the proposi- 
tion made Mr. Flannery June 3rd, for adjustment on his 
entry. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 

The Land Departmentwasrdireeted to advise Mr, Hoff- 
man of the action of the Trustees. 



Mr. M. H, Rosenhouse advised that his client, Mr. Good- 
kind, held second mortgage on 102 acres of land in Town- 
ship 55 South, Range 41 East, sold by the Trustees to 
Miami-New York Realty Company in Entry No. 17149, 
and requested that extension be given on the first mortgage, 
allowing Mr. Guodkind to foreclose the second mortgage 
and procure title to the land. 

Mr. Davis moved that the Land Department ascertain 
from Mr. Rosenhouse amount of payment Mr. Goodkind 
will make and how much time he will need to pay balance 
on the land. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. William Bloom's offer of $75.00 per acre for 40 acres 
of land in Pelican Bay was denied, the Trustees having 
passed an order that lands in that vicinity be withheld from 
sale until definite location of the dyke was made. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin's request, that the Trustees pay 
approximately $2,200.00 taxes due on 40 acres of land at 
Homestead, which he purchased from the Trustees, until 
he could foreclose mortgages and reimburse the Trustees, 
was denied. 



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Judge Rivers Buford requested that transfer be made of 
the credit he has with the Trustees to apply on his purchase 
of 120 aeres of land in Section 16, Township 15 South, 
Range 13 East, Levy County, owned by the School Board, 
which purchase amounts to $1,500.00. 

The Trustees granted the request and directed the Land 
Department to make the transfer from the Trustees' funds 
to School Board, 



Mr. R. G. Johnson of West Palm Beach made application 
for Mr. S. W. Bollinger to purchase land near Baeom Point, 
offering $50.00 per acre tor same. 

The application was denied as all lands in that vicinity 
are being withheld from sale pending location of the dyke. 



The Land Department presented application of Jas. A. 
Dew to sell his mortgage to Mr. J, B. McDonald and allow 
Mr. McDonald to foreclose the same. 

The Trustees withheld action on the matter and directed 
the Land Department to ascertain what Mr. McDonald 
offered for the mortgage. 



Mr, A, R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that three 
of the Lake Port settlers were ready to purchase land which 
the Trustees had agreed to sell them, but others could not 
make payment at this time ; however, they desired to pur- 
chase under contract. 

The Attorney General moved that sales contracts be 
issued to these parties to be held by the Trustees and speci- 
fied payments made. 

Seconded by Mr, Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, brought to the attention of the 
Trustees the matter of ejectment suits against parties in 
Palm Beach County. Whereupon, the Trustees adopted 
the following resolution : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, On May 13, 1929, Mr. J. M. Rowe of the 
firm of Baynes & Rowe, attorneys, West Palm Beach, rep- ■ 
resenting seven settlers on State land, against whom eject- 
ment suits had been filed by the Trustees," requested the 
Trustees to reduce the price of the lands proposed to be 
purchased by said settlers ; and 



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WHEREAS, After discussion the matter was deferred 
until after the adjournment of the Legislature and the 
ejectment suits were directed to he continued until such 
time as Counsel for the Trustees should advise Mr. Rowe ; 
and 

WHEREAS, It is the sense of the Trustees that they 
should receive $150.00 per acre for the surveyed swamp 
and overflowed lands involved in these suits and $50.00 per 
acre for unsurveyed sovereignty lands, the purchaser to 
pay for survey ; therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the above prices not be re- 
duced and that the Attorney for the above settlers be so ad- 
vised. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the said settlers 
have until September 1st, 1929, to deposit with the Trus- 
tees in cash one-fourth of the purchase price of lands pro- 
posed to be purchased by said settlers at the above rates and 
that in the event of the failure of any of said settlers to 
make said deposit on said date, the Trustees reserve the 
right to advance the price on said lands. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That upon failure of 
any of said settlers to make the above deposit on said date 
that Counsel for the Trustees be instructed to proceed with 
the ejectment suits or to institute such other legal proceed- 
ings as may be deemed expedient to conserve the interests 
of the Trustees. 

Counsel for Trustees was directed to advise Mr. Rowe of 
this action of the Trustees. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.. .$ 549.45 

Jefferson County, Monticello, Fla 180.28 

Leon County, Tallahassee, Fla 2,548. 4S 



$3,278.21 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, July 30, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of the Trustees for July 23rd, 1929, pre- 
sented and approved. 



The Trustees having directed Mr. Elliot and Mr. Mc- 
intosh to prepare oil lease applied for by Mr. Vernon 
Price -Williams, Mr. Elliot presented the lease for consider- 
ation of the Trustees. After discussion, the Trustees ap- 
proved and executed the lease which covered 33,280 acres 
of land in Township 50 South, Range 35 East, Broward 
County, and Townships 52, 54 and 55 South, Range 35 
East, Dade County, in Everglades Drainage District, and 
accepted the one-fourth payment of all taxes on the land 
for the current year. 



Mr. Vernon Price-Williams advised the Trustees that he 
would like to have an opportunity to purchase the land 
described in the oil lease executed to him, but it would be 
necessary to get in touch with his associates before defi- 
nitely making an offer, and requested the Trustees to give 
him an option on the land for a certain length of time. 

The Trustees requested Mr. Price- Williams to submit 
his proposition in writing and it would be given consider- 
ation. 

Southern Sugar Company, represented by J. L. Doggett, 
Jules M, Burguieres and F. Dean Duff, having made ap- 
plication July 23rd to exchange certain lands for lands of 
the Trustees, submitted a list of lands in two tracts from 
which the Trustees might make a selection in exchange for 
lands owned by the State, the basis of exchange being one 
and one-half acres of Southern Sugar Company's lands for 
one acre of State lands. Mr, Burguieres advised the Trus- 
tees than in consideration for the exchange his company 
would agree to construct and put into operation a sugar 
mill at Canal Point with a capacity of 5,000 tons per day. 



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Mr. Mayo moved that the matter be taken under advise- 
ment and a meeting held later in the day for final action. 
Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented report of Mr. Mcintosh, Coun- 
sel, on the application of Mr. Jas. Messer to purchase sub- 
merged land adjoining his upland property at East Goose 
Creek, to which objections were presented on July 23rd, 
by Messrs. H, N. Walker and B. M. Thomas of Wakulla 
County. 

The Trustees being advised that a certain suit was pend- 
ing in court involving this property, decided to withhold 
action until suit was definitely disposed of. Mr. Messer 
was advised of the action of the Trustees. 



Mr. R. G. Johnson again submitted application of Mr. 
S. W. Bollinger to purchase land for which he had applied 
during the first part of this year, and stated that Mr. 
Bollinger would purchase the land subject to location of 
right-of-way for dyke. 

The Trustees agreed to take the matter under advise- 
ment at some future date. 



Mr. James Ball, representing the Wallis Engineering 
Company, made an offer of $100.00 per acre for 40 acres 
of land in Section 17, Township 42 South, Range 37 East, 
with payment of one-fourth cash and balance in one, two 
and three years. 

A letter was read from Mr. W. G. Smith, president of 
Pelican Lake Farms, in which he stated the land in Sec- 
tion 17 was not desired by his company. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer of Wallis Engineering 
Company of $100.00 per aere for the land be accepted. 
Seconded by Mr, Davis and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. P. O. Schoelles of Apalachicola having made applica- 
tion to purchase Toehead Island, and objections having been 
filed to the sale of the island by Mrs. Daisy Popham, who 
claimed ownership, the Trustees ordered that Mrs. Popham 
and Mr. Schoelles be notified that final action would be 
taken August 6th, 1929. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. R. Y. 
Patterson desiring to know if the Trustees would guarantee 
to release the South 130 feet of Lot 1, Section 11, Township 



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44 South, Range 36 East, covered by the Jas. A. Dew pur* 
chase, if his company sent up amount necessary to pay 
taxes on the 130- foot strip. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to advise Mr. 
Patterson that as soon as abstract is furnished and proof 
that all taxes are paid, the whole mortgage will be released. 



Wallis Engineering Company having represented one of 
the Pahokee settlers and assignment of his claim to the 
land having been made to Wallis Engineering Company, 
application was made by the company to purchase Lot 20 
and Tract 20 of Sections 23 and 24, Township 42 South, 
Range 36 East, at the price paid by others — $350.00 for the 
lot ; $200,00 T>er acre for land back of the ridge and $50.00 
per acre for lake bottom. 

No other parties having prior claim and Wallis Engi- 
neering Company having rented the land last year, Mr. 
Amos moved that sale be made, to the said Company at the 
above prices. Seconded by Mr, Davis and upon vote 
adopted. 



Mr. T. W. Apte, who deposited $400.00 in 1925 to apply 
on his purchase of Tract 26, Township 42 South, Range 36 
East, asked that he be given an extension until September 
1st for final payment on the tract. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees, agreed 
to grant the extension until September 1st, 1929. 



The Trustees ordered that all other lots in the Pahokee 
settlement, payments for which have not been arranged, be 

taken off the market for the present. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Thomas 
H. Horobin requesting a loan of $1,000.00 from the Trustees 
to pay taxes due on land contained in purchase made from 
the Trustees. 

The Trustees not being authorized to make such loans, 
the Land Department was directed to advise Mr. Horobin 
that his request could not be granted. 



Chapter 8412, Acts of 1921, requires the Trustees to 
certify lands owned by the State in Everglades Drainage 
District to the Drainage Board for assessment by the Tax 
Assessors in the several counties in the district. 



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The Trustees ordered that the same valuation as last 
year be certified to the Board. 

The Secretary called attention of the Trustees to Senate 
Bill No. 607, Chapter 13632, Acts of 1929, authorizing the 
redemption of lots in Everglades Drainage District on an 
acreage basis. 

After discussion Mr. Amos moved that the Clerks of the 
Court be notified to carry out the provisions of Chapter 
13632, Acts of 1929. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary called the attention of the Trustees to 
Section 21 of Chapter 13633, Acts of 1929, which provides 
that lands held by the Trustees shall be subject only to Dis- 
trict taxes and special assessments levied against such lands. 

The Attorney General moved that Counsel for the Trus- 
tees and Drainage Board render an opinion as to this por- 
tion of the Act. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented application of T. A. Bass for 
appointment as Deputy Fire Warden for Everglades Drain- 
age District. 

The 1929 Act of the Legislature having repealed the law 
authorizing appointment of fire wardens, the Trustees di- 
rected that no action be taken at present. 



Mr, A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from 
Dr. T. S, Kennedy, advising that schedule of royalty. for 
mining mineral bearing sand from the waters of Santa Rosa 
Sound was satisfactory to him and requested an option of 
ninety (90) days in which to make tests. 

The following schedule was approved by the Trustees and 
Dr. Kennedy allowed ninety days in which to make tests 
for mineral : 

Royalty of 25c per ton shipping weight for un-refined 
sands containing Ilmenite, Zircon, Rutile, Monazite, etc., 
or if any such mineral bearing sands shall be refined at a 
plant located within a radius of 75 miles of the natural 
deposits of such mineral bearing sands, the royalty shall 
be based on the market value of the several minerals refined 
or separated mechanically or otherwise from such sands as 
follows : 

Ilmenite— 10% of the market value F. 0. B. plant or 
refinery. 

Zircon — T)i of the market value F. O. B. plant or re- 
finery. 



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Rutile — 3% of the market value F. 0. B. plant or re- 
finery. 

Monazite — 2%% of the market value F. O. B. plant or 
refinery. 

Or if any other minerals shall be refined or separated me- 
chanically or otherwise from such mineral bearing sands 
or from the minerals named, a royalty of 1% of the market 
value of such mineral or minerals F, O. B. the plant shall 
be paid to the State. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

F. C, Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary f. . . $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 569.78 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentve Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 41.96 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

C. B. Gwynn, Land Clerk 300.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla. 3.45 

Kurtz & Roll, Ft. Myers, Fla. 361.98 

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla 24.75 



$2,501.09 



The Trustees recessed to meet at 3:30 o 'Clock P. M. 



3:30 o'clock P. M. 
All members present, the Trustees met pursuant to re- 
cessed meeting. 

Application of Southern Sugar Company for exchange 
of lands, postponed from the morning session, was brought 
up for consideration. Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees 
decline to exchange land with Southern Sugar Company, 
but would entertain offer for sale of the land desired by 
the said company. Motion seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote unanimously adopted. 



Mr. J. L. Doggett, representing Southern Sugar Com- 
pany, made a proposition to take over mortgage of Tatum 



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Land Company for certain sections of land near holdings 
of Southern Sugar Company, at the same price the land 
was sold to the Tatum Company — $47.50 per acre — with 
a cash payment of approximately $18,000.00, halance to be 
paid in one, two and three years ; the back taxes on the 
land for the past four or five years to be assumed by the 
Trustees. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees decline the offer. 
Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Attorney General Davis moved that the land be sold to 
Southern Sugar Company at $47.50 per acre plus all out- 
standing taxes. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote 
adopted. 

This offer was declined by Southern Sugar Company. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, August 6, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund of 
July 30th, 1929, presented and approved. 

The Secretary advised the Trustees that requests were 
being received for information as to sale of Orange Lake 
in Alachua County, and presented memorandum of in- 
formation necessary. The memorandum was approved and 
the Secretary directed to have copies sent out to interested 
parties. 

The Secretary read letter from Everglades Tropical 
Park Association, advising that definite plans would be 
submitted as soon as action was taken by Congress with 
reference to a National Park in the southern part of the 
State. The letter was ordered filed. 



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The Trustees having notified Messrs. P, 0. Schoelles 
and Wm. L. Popham that consideration of the sale of Toe- 
head Island, lying on the east side of the channel leading 
into the City of Apalachicola from the south, would be had 
on this date, Mr. Popham appeared in behalf of his 
mother, Mrs. Daisy Popham, and exhibited deeds, tax re- 
ceipts and other papers, through which she claimed title 
to the island. Mr. Schoelles, who had applied to purchase 
the island at a price of $200.00, not being present or pre- 
senting any claim, the Trustees agreed to sell the island 
to Mrs. Popham at a price of $225.00 and issue quit-claim 
deed to her. 

The Land Department was directed to advise Mr. Schoel- 
les of the action of the Trustees. 



The Trustees recessed to meet at 3:00 O'clock P. M. 



3:00 O'clock P. M. 
The Trustees met pursuant to recessed meeting of the 
morning with Messrs. Amos, Knott, Davis and Mayo 
present. 



Mr. J. R. Poland made application to purchase a por- 
tion of Section 8, Township 42 South, Range 37 East, lying 
in front of his property. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees sell this piece of land 
to Mr. Poland at a price of $50.00 per acre. Seconded and 
upon vote adopted. 



Mr. J. R. Poland advised the Trustees that he owned Lot 
18, in Section 8, Township 42 South, Range 37 East, and 
desired to purchase land lying on the south boundary line 
of Section 8, west of the southwest corner of Lot 18. 

Mr. Poland was advised that as this land was adjacent 
to upland ownership of other parties, they would have 
Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, make an investigation of the 
conditions before action was taken. Mr. Richardson was 
directed to make an examination and report to the 
Trustees. 



Mr. Ernest Lindrose requested an extension of one year 
on his Entry No. 18,847. The Trustees agreed to grant the 
extension for one year provided Mr. Lindrose paid in- 
terest to date. 



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In reply to action of the Trustees July 23rd, relative 
to purchase of Jas. A. Dew mortgage, the Land Depart- 
ment presented letter from J. B. McDonald of Orlando, 
offering $9,000.00 for the 10,935.00 plus interest— 
$3,757.00 — making a total for principal and interest of 
$14,692.00. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the offer of Mr. McDonald be de- 
clined and that the Trustees make a counter proposition 
to release the mortgage for the full amount of principal 
and interest — $14,692.00. Seconded by Mr, Knott and 
upon vote adopted. The Land Department was directed 
to advise Mr. McDonald. 



The Land Department presented letter from R. G. John- 
son, Sr., enclosing cheek for $4,000.00 with application of 
S. W. Bollinger to purchase land in the Ey 2 of NW14 of 
Section 25, Township 42 South, Range 36 East. 

The application was denied and the Land Department 
directed to return check to Mr. Johnson. 



The Land Department presented letter from Geo. H. 
Main waring, requesting return of $320.00 which he de- 
posited with the Trustees with application to purchase 
land in Clearwater Bay, Pinellas County. Deed never hav- 
ing been issued to Mr. Mainwaring for the land, the Trus- 
tees directed that the $320.00 be returned to him and the 
application cancelled. 



The Land Department presented application and check 
from W. A, Moody to purchase Lot 11. and Tract 11 of 
Sections 23 and 24, Township 42 South, Range 36 East, in 
the Pahokee section. 

The offer was accepted by the Trustees and the Land 
Department directed to issue deed to Mr. Moody. 



Mr. P. K. Smiley again made application to purchase 
submerged land adjacent to his upland in Section 19, 
Township 31 South, Range ,17 East. Pinellas County. 

Pursuant to action of the Trustees on June 10th, Mr. 
Kichardson, Land Agent, made investigation' of the land 
and reported that Mr. Smiley 's application covered prop- 
erty claimed and occupied by other interests of St. Peters- 
burg 

Objections having been filed by Roy S. 11 anna, and Kelly 
& Shaw, attorneys of Tampa, having notified the Trustees 



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that they would file objections on behalf of A. C. L. Rail- 
way Company to the sale of this property, the Trustees 
denied the application of Mr. Smiley. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from H. J. 
Chapman, requesting the Trustees to allow him Ninety 
(90) days within which to appear and present his claim 
based on Deed No. 16,195 dated December 15th, 1908. 

The request was granted and Counsel directed to so 
advise Mr. Chapman. 



Port Everglade Gas & Oil Corporation requested to be 
advised if the Trustees own any land in Broward County 
West of Fort Lauderdale on which they would grant lease 
for oil and gas exploration. 

The Chief Drainage Engineer was directed to advise the 
above Corporation of the lands owned by the Trustees 
in Broward County and that the conditions upon which 
they would lease the oil and gas right would be the payment 
of all taxes upon the lands, including Everglades Drainage 
District acreage and one mill tax, Okeechobee Flood Con- 
trol one mill and acreage tax, and all sub-drainage dis- 
trict taxes, together with the usual one-eighth royalty, 
and subject to such other conditions as may be agreed upon 
by the Trustees and lessee. 



The Chief Drainage Engineer advised that Special 
Counsel had submitted opinion in reference to payment 
for certificates by the Trustees Internal Improvement 
Fund and that such opinion was to the effect that there 
was no law directing or requiring the Trustees to pay for 
Everglades Drainage District Tax Certificates when bid 
in by the Tax Collectors in the name of the Trustees, nor 
to pay the subsequent annual drainage taxes thereon prior 
to the sale of such tax certificate, nor does there appear 
to be any binding obligation upon the Trustees to make 
such payment through any existing, valid agreement with 
Spitzer, Rorick & Companv. Opinion dated August 2nd, 
1929. 

The opinion was ordered filed. 



Financial Statement for the month of July was presented 
and ordered placed of record : 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JULY, 1929 

Balance in Fund July 1, 1929 $225,589.89 

Interest on balance in banks, quar- 
ter ending June 30, 1929 1,312.93 

Land sales under Chap 9131, Acts 
of 1923 and Chap. 10024, Acts 
of 1925 28,753.23 

From Drainage Tax Fund (re- 
fund account error in Comp- 
troller '» Warrant No. 2199) . . . 109.969.01 

Royalties on sand and gravel .... 418.76 

Refund by E. B. Leatherman, 

C C. C 7,45 

Interest due 6-30-1929 on Pelican 
Lake Sub- Drainage District 6% 
Bonds owned by Trustees 330.00 

From land leases 234.95 

From land sales ($13,230.47) less 
25% to State School Fund ($3,- 
307.61) 9,922.86 

$376,539.08 

I*ss disbursements 259,223.77 

Balance on hand August 1. 1929 . . . $117,315.31 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 116,315.31 

$117,315.31 
BALANCES IN BANKS AUGUST 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 37,758.62 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 5,252.66 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla 31,471.43 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 17,453.81 

First National Bank, Miami. Fla. 10,778.30 

Capital City Bank. Tallahassee, 
Fla 4,421.99 



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The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 




Fla 7,369.74 




Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 




Fla 1,808.76 






1116,315.31 


DISBURSEMENTS 




Date Cheek 




1929 No. In Favor of 


Amount 


July 2 7829 Board of Commrs. Ev. Dr. Dist. 


$110,000.00 


7830 Board of Commrs. Ev. Dr. Dist. 


10,000.00 


7831 Board of Commrs. Ev. Dr. Dist. 


20,000.00 


7832 Board of Commrs Ev. Dr. Dist 


12,876.71 


7833 Board of Commrs Ev. Dr. Dist. 


240.00 


16 7834 Postal Telegraph-Cable Company 


2.52 


7835 Western Union Telegraph Co... 


.99 


7836 "Southern Telephone & Constr. Co. 


4.25 


7837 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 


2.60 


7838 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C. 


12.90 


7839 Karl B. 'Quran, C, C. C 


2.15 


7840 The Clearwater Sun 


67.50 


7841 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C 


7.45 


7842 H. & W. B. Drew Company 


3.50 


7843 A. R. Richardson 


223.90 


23 7844 Board of Commrs. Ev. Dr. Dist 


100,000.00 


24 7845 Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 




(transfer) 


5,000.00 


25 7846 City of Jacksonville 


549.45 


7847 Jefferson County 


180.28 


7848 Leon Countv 


2,548.48 


30 7849 F. C. Elliot 


225.00 


7850 M. C. Mcintosh 


229.16 


7851 A. R. Richardson 


569.78 


7852 F. E. Bavless 


233.34 


7853 A. C. Bridges 


80.00 


7854 Jentve Dedge 


75.00 


7855 H. L. Shearer 


41.96 


7856 Hattie Bell 


83.33 


7857 R. W. Ervin 


233.34 


7858 Robert Wynn 


40.00 


7859 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 


3.45 


7860 Kurtz & Roll 


361.98 


7861 Florida Times-Union 


24.75 


31 7862 C B. Gwvnn 


300.00 






$259,223.77 



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Note: Check 7845, amount $5,000,00, drawn in favor of 
the Lewis State Bank on the Florida National Bank of 
Jacksonville, does not represent a disbursement, but merely 
a transfer of funds. W. V. K. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller— Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 9, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

.Present: 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



Mr. Charles R. Pierce advised the Board that Lot 5, 
Oyster Key, Section 26, Township 52 South, Range 42 
East, was open to selection by the State under Swamp Land 
Act of September 28, 1850, and that he had information 
from the. General Land Office at Washington that the 
State's selection would be allowed. 

On behalf of Ocean Beach Heights, Inc., Mr, Pierce 
made an offer to the Trustees of $1,500.00 for the Island; 
the amount to be paid in cash, and was not conditioned 
upon the selection being confirmed to the State and the 
issuance of patent. 

It appearing that the above, named Company is the 
owner of property adjacent and surrounding Oyster Key. 
that there are no settlers upon the Island, that there are 
no adverse claims against the State 's interest, the Trustees 
agreed to accept the offer of Ocean Beach Heights, Inc. 
and directed that deed be issued in the usual form to be 
delivered upon payment in full in the amount of $1,500.00. 
The information as to no claimants and the surrounding 
property being owned by Ocean Beach Heights, Inc., 
was furnished by Mr. Charles R. Fierce. Mr. Pierce also 
advised that any claim to the property which might arise 
through contract with Mr. John M. Sutton, had been 



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arranged and would be taken care of in full by the above 
Company without cost to the Trustees. 

Mr. Pierce also requested that the Trustees authorize 
him to act as their agent in making swamp selection on 
Oyster Key on behalf of the State in order that issuance 
of patent from the General Land Office might be expe- 
dited ; the service of Mr. Pierce to be without cost to the 
Trustees. The Trustees authorized Mr. Pierce to act as 
their agent in the selection of Oyster Key as above. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
ATTEST- ' Comptroller- Ac ting Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, August 13, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Xathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, 

Minutes of the Trustees of August 6th and 9th, 1929, 

presented and approved. 



Mr. B, A. Bales of Moore Haven, representing a number 
of Lakeport settlers, appeared before the Trustees and 
stated that his clients were ready to make the first pay- 
ment on the land which the Trustees agreed to sell them at 
the rate of $100.00 per acre for the lands on the ridge, 
$15.00 per acre for the land baek of the ridge, 'and $25.00 
ppr acre for the lake bottom land in front of the ridge. 

After discussion, Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees 
tarry out the agreement made with the settlers at Lake- 
port and sell the land to them at the above price, allowing 
ninety (90) days within which to make the first payment, 
plus the 1929 taxes on the land ; also that the ninety (90) 
day option be granted other Lakeport settlers to whom 
lots had been assigned. Deeds to contain reservation for 
a 66-foot righ-of-way for highway purposes. Seconded 
by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



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Mr. Robert Stringer, Sr., of Beachton, Georgia, applied 
to purchase the shallow bottoms between bis lot located in 
the town of East Goose Creek, Wakulla County, extending 
into the Gulf of Mexico 650 feet. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Elliot, Chief Drainage En- 
gineer, and Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, to make 
an investigation of the land and submit report. Mr. 
Stringer was advised that he would be notified of the 
action of the Trustees when report is made. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami requested the Trustees 
to allow him to re-convev all land contained in Entries No. 
172:15, No. 17311-A,, No. 17311-B, No. 17311-C and No. 
17311-D, and allow the amount paid by him to apply as 
a credit on other lands to be selected by him belonging to 
the State. 

The Trustees requested Mr. Horobin to submit descrip- 
tion of the lands he will select and upon receipt of same, 
action will be taken. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin made application for a permit to 
mine sand for fill purposes from Biseayne Bay in Section 
27, Township 52 South, Range 42 East, to be disposed of 
by him to other parties, offering lc per yard for the 
material. 

The Trustees requested Mr. Elliot and Mr. Richardson 
to make an investigation and report on the matter. 



Mr. Thos. II. Horobin requested the Trustees to amend 
his present permit for taking fill material from Biseayne 
Bay, to be used on his property, by including the terri- 
tory embraced in the W*A of NWy 4 of Section 3, Town- 
ship 53 South, Range 42'East — 80 acres. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, to 
make investigation and report, at which time Mr. Horobin 
would be advised. 

The Secretary presented application of Ocean Beach 
Heights, Inc., for fill material to be used for filling in Lot 
5 and a portion of Lots 1, 2 and 3, on Oyster Key. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, to 
make investigation and report. 



The Land Department presented application from 
Holger Lyngholm to purchase Lot 1, Section 13, Township 



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43 South, Range 36 East, 19.77 acres, offering $100.00 per 
acre. The offer was declined. 

The Trustees agreed to sell the land at a price of $150.00 
per acre and directed the Land Department to so advise 
Mr. Lyngholm. 



Mack, Ellis & Watson, attorneys of St. Petersburg, made 
application in behalf of their client, W. G. Boyle, to pur- 
chase submerged land in front of his upland at Gulfport, 
offering $100.00 per acre. 

The Trustees directed the Land Agent to make investi- 
gation and report. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from L. 
W. Rogers, attorney of Miami, requesting the Trustees to 
issue quit-claim deed to Curtis-Bright Company to Lot 14, 
Block 15, of Florida East Coast Addition to Hialeah, the 
New York Title Company having refused to guarantee 
title unless this deed is furnished, owing to the fact that 
Lot 14 was included in sale to Tatum Brothers in 1917 
and sold by them to Curtis-Bright Company. 

Mr. Mcintosh having reported that he examined abstract 
and that title is now in Curtis Bright Company and the 
Trustees have no interest whatever in the lot, the Trustees 
directed that quit-claim deed be issued to Curtis-Bright 
Company. 



The Chief Drainage Engineer advised that he had made 
inquiry of special counsel in reference to redemption of 
lands described as platted lots on an acreage basis, as pro- 
vided by Senate Bill 607, Chapter 13632, Acts of 1929, 
and also whether or not the Drainage Board should reim- 
burse the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund for losses 
which would accure to the Trustees by reason of such re- 
demptions. 

Counsel's opinion was that the Trustees and Drainage 
Board were required by law to permit such redemptions 
on the acreage basis within twelve months after the Act 
became effective, also since the Trustees have already paid 
for such redemptions on a lot basis and will suffer losses 
by redemption on an acreage basis, the Drainage Board 
should reimburse the Trustees in the amount of the losses. 

The Trustees and Drainage Board directed that the Act 
be complied with. 

6—i. r. f. 



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The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Southern Telephone & Construction Company, 

Tallahassee, Fla $ 4.25 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla 2.84 
Postal Telegraph -Cable Company, Tallahassee, 

Fla 1.10 

The II. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla.. . 17.20 
Industries Fund, Industrial School for Boys, 

Marianna, Fla. 815.49 

W. A. Crawford, Tallahassee, Fla 3.29 

Railway Express Agency, Tallahassee, Fla. ... .72 
Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla. 5.25 

Arteraft Printers, Tallahassee, Fla 18.00 

The Palm Beach Times, West Palm Beach, Fla. 6.50 

W. T. Oliver, C. C. C, Punta Gorda, Fla " 1.85 

Capital City Publishing Co., Tallahassee, Fla.. 12.00 



$ 888.49 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. - 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. . 



Tallahassee, Florida, August 20, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of August 13th, presented and 
approved. 



Mr. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secretary, sub- 
mitted report of Mr. Richardson and himself on examina- 
tion of land at East Goose Creek applied for August 13th, 
by Mr. Robert Stringer, Sr., of Beaehton, Georgia, which 
examination disclosed that the lot owned by Mr. Stringer 
does not touch the shore at ordinary high water mark and 
he is therefore not the upland owner. The recommenda- 



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tion of the report is that the Trustees not sell the land to 
Mr. Stringer. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
declined to sell the land to Mr. Stringer, and the Secretary 
was directed to so advise him. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from Lt. Col. L. V. Frazier 
of the U. S. Engineers Office at Jacksonville, relative to 
description for submerged land right-of-way to be trans- 
ferred to the United States for the Intra-Costal Waterway 
from Jacksonville to Miami. Mr. Elliot submitted a form 
of description to describe the land as follows : 

"A strip of land having a total width of 

feet, being feet on each side of the center 

line of said canal and parallel thereto as the said 
canal shall be finally located and constructed, and 
more particularly described as passing through 

sections , Township , Range 

, State of Florida." 



The Trustees approved the form submitted and directed 
the Secretary to transmit same to Col. Frazier for approval 
by the Government. 



The Secretary reported that the Trustees held approxi- 
mately three million dollars in Everglades Drainage tax 
certificates and suggested that these lands be advertised 
for sale to the highest bidder, bid to be not less than the 
face of the certificates, penalties, interest, cost and all taxes, 
plus a specified amount over and above all such coats. 

Aftfcr discussion it was decided to defer action until after 
September 4th, and to be brought up at the first meeting 
thereafter. 

Upon recommendation of the State Treasurer, it was or- 
dered that the Trustees pay Mr. B. C. Whitfield the sum 
of $50.00 per month for handling matters of the Trustees 
coming under the supervision of the State Treasurer, to 
become effective as follows : $25.00 for July and $50.00 each 
month, commencing with August 1st, 3929. 



The Secretary presented the matter of redemption of 
drainage tax certificates by Clerks of the Court, after the 
two-year-period when they become vested in the Trustees 
Internal Improvement Fund. 



164 

The Trustees directed the Secretary to take, the matter 
up with the Clerks of the Court and ascertain whether or 
not they desired to handle the matter in this manner and 
what fee should be allowed for their services. 

The Trustees ordered refund of $18.88 to A. Engler of 
Miami, on account of certificate having been erroneously 
sold. 

The Secretary presented report of Mr. A. 0. Johnstad, 
former Secretary of the Board of Fire Control, relative to 
fire protection in the Everglades, which report was ordered 

filed. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from R. C. Brent of West 
Coast Bridge & Tunnel Company of St. Petersburg, re- 
questing a hearing before the Trustees. 

The Trustees designated August 27th as a date on which 
the above company could be heard, and directed the Secre- 
tary to so advise Mr. Brent. 



Application of Ocean Beach Heights, Inc., to dredge sand 
for fill material to be placed on Oyster Key, was again 
brought up and the Trustees directed Mr. Elliot and Mr. 
Richardson to take the matter up and ascertain what price 
the said Company would be willing to pay for the material. 



The attention of the Trustees was called to the faet that 
fill material was being pumped from sovereignty lands of 
the State without permit and sold to private individuals to 
fill in submerged land. 

The Trustees directed that Mr, A. R. Richardson, Land 
Agent, make investigation of all sovereignty land in the 
State -where it was ascertained that fill material was being 
taken without permission, and report his findings to the 
Trustees. 



Mr. Elliot reported that he had taken up with Mr. Amos 
the matter of redeeming lots in the Drainage District on an 
acreage basis and in conformity with his views the Clerks 
of the Court would be notified that redemption on an acre- 
age basis should be allowed for a period of twelve months 
from date of approval of the Act authorizing this redemp- 
tion. This action was approved by the Trustees. 



165 

Mr. Vernon Price- Williams desired to be informed if 
the Trustees would lease the bottom of Lake Okeechobee 
for mineral purposes. 

The Trustees declined to entertain the proposition. 



The Land Department presented letter from M. H. 

Rosenhouse of Miami, aitorney for Mr. Goodkind, who 
holds second mortgage on property sold in Entry Is'o. 17149, 
advising the Trustees that Mr. Goodkind would pay 
$1,000.00 cash and the balance in four yearly payments, 
provided the Trustees would grant him an extension on the 
first mortgage, allowing him time to foreclose second mort- 
gage and clear title to the property. The Trustees agreed 
to grant the extension upon payment of $1,000.00. 



The Land Department presented telegram from W. W. 
Hull and C. L. Moody, two of the Pahokee settlers, request- 
ing to be advised if the Trustees would allow them to pur- 
chase Lots 14 and 2, for which they had made application, 
if payment was forwarded immediately. 

The Trustees agreed to accept payment provided it was 
received by the 27th of August, 1929, and directed the 
Land Department to so advise Messrs. Hull and Moody. 



The Land Department presented letter from R. R. Whit- 
tington of the Florida Forest Service, with reference to 
State owned lands near Panama City in a unit where fire 
protection is necessary, and requesting to be advised 
whether or not the Trustees are willing to pay for fire pro- 
tection on their lands. 

The Land Department was directed to advise Mr. Whit- 
tington that the Trustees had no funds that could be ex- 
pended for fire protection. • 



Mack, Ellis & Watson of St. Petersburg, having made 
application on behalf of W. G. Boyle, to purchase sub- 
merged land adjacent to his upland at Gulf port, Pinellas 
County, offering $100.00 per acre, the Trustees agreed to 
sell the land at the above price, subject to advertisement 
for objections as follows: 



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NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 20, 1929. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will 
hold a meeting at 10 oVIock A. M., Tuesday, October 1st, 
1929, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged land in PINELLAS County, Florida : 

Beginning at a point 885 feet South of and 
1,350 feet West of the Southeast corner of the 
NE*4 of Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 
16 East; 

Thence South 540.5 feet; 

Thence South 71 degrees 12' West 204.73 feet ; 

Thence North 571.5 feet; 

Thence North 74 degrees 59' East, 50.16 feet ; 

Thence North 70 degrees 40' East 51.35 feet; 

Thence East 48.45 feet ; 

Thence North 84 degrees 06' East 48.71 feet, to 
the point of beginning. 

Lying and being in Section 33, Township 31 
South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County, Florida. 

Containing 2.46 acres, more or less, and abutt- 
ing the South ends of Lots 31, 32, 33 and 34 of 
Carter and Boyle 'a Subdivision, which is the West 
180 feet of Lot 3 of Torres Subdivision and th«' 
East 207.60 feet of Chase and Howard's Subdivi- 
sion lying East of Palm Avenue (now f>0th St.). 

This notice is given in compliance with Section 1062 of 
the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 
or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity to present same on date of sale as therein' 
prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Seretary. 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
\TTEST- * Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, August 27, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of August 20th, were presented and ap- 
proved. 

The Trustees having on July 23rd, agreed to advertise 
for the highest bid on lands in Orange Lake, Alachua 
County, upon condition that purchaser would make cer- 
tain improvements for reclamation and protection of the ' 
adjacent lands, the Chairman called for bids. 

Mr. T. W. Shands of Tampa bid $4.00 per acre for the 
entire acreage of 2,172.45 acres, presenting his check for 
$100.00 as required by the advertisement. 

Mr. J. C. Adkins of Gainesville, representing J. W. 
Crosby of Citra, made a bid of $6.00 per acre for all lands 
in Sections 15 and 22 from the one-half section line of said 
sections lying east in Township 12 South, Range 22 East, 
and filed his check for $100.00 

Letters from P. H. Nugent and L. H. Pillans, Secretary 
of the Philoi Corporation, requested that no action be 
taken until a later date when their representative could 
be present. 

After discussion the Trustees agreed to postpone action 
on the same untd September 24th, and directed the Secre- 
tary to hold checks of Messrs. Shands and Adkins until 
disposition of the sale on the 24th. 



West Coast Bridge & Tunnel Company having advised 
that it would be impossible for them to appear before the 
Trustees on this date, on account of a hearing there by the 
War Department on the 28th, and asking for a later date, 
the Trustees agreed on September 24th as the date on 
which said Company could be heard and directed that the 
Company be advised. 



A telegram was received from S. W. Bollinger, advising 
that land in Pelican Bay which he applied to purchase, was 



168 

dry enough to be fanned and that he was ready to begin 
plowing and cultivating the land. 

After discussion the Trustees rescinded their former 
action to sell this land and directed that the land be rented 
for the present. The Land Department was directed to so 
advise Mr. Bollinger. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. J. B. Hainey, 
advising that he could not make payment Sept. 1st for the 
land on which he hatbjfiettled, but would be able to make 
payment later. 

The Trustees directed the Secret ary to advise Mr. Hainey 
that they could not grant further extension and that settle- 
ment would have to be made immediately if he desired to 
purchase the land. 



Mr. R. M. Thomas requested the Trustees to reduce the 
price of land applied for by him, which was at the rate of 
$150.00 per acre. 
X, Mr. Amos moved that the price agreed on stand and if 

Mr. Thomas did not care to purchase the land that he be 
allowed to rent. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote 
adopted. 



Ladd Brothers of Newport applied to purchase or lease 
the marsh land owned by the State along the western coast 
of Jefferson County, lying between Pinhook River and 
Groom's Creek. The application was denied. 



Mr, Bayless of the Land Department presented letter 
from E. B. Leatherman, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Dade 
County, advising that land purchased from the Trustees by 
Thos. H. Horobin and Stapp, Vining & Ward, on which the 
Trustees hold mortgage, would be sold for taxes if the 
Trustees did not take them up, as application for deed had 
been received by him. 

Mr. Bayless was directed to wire Mr. Leatherman to hold 
up the deed until Mr. Mayo could look into the matter 
during the next few days. 



Mr. R. A. Henderson of Fort Myers, Florida, who de- 
posited with the Trustees $2,680.65 as first payment on 23.25 
acres of land in Section 28 and NW 1 /^ of Section 23, Town- 
ship 45 South, Range 23 East (to which deed has never 
been executed on account of survey not having been fur- 



169 

nished by Mr. Henderson) requested the Trustees to return 
amount of deposit, without interest, or convey to him the 
23.25 acres of land for the amount paid. 

The Trustees deferred action on the request until further 
investigation could he made. 



Mr. R. J. Tygert of Fort Myers, who deposited with the 
Trustees $952.50 to apply on the purchase of 3.81 acres of 
land in Sections 27 and 28, Township 45 South, Range 23 
East — deed to have been issued upon survey being fur- 
nished by Mr. Tygert — requested the Trustees to give him 
deed to the 3.81 acres for the amount paid. 

The Trustees deferred action on the request for further 
consideration. 



A telegram was presented from Chas. M. Todd, relative 
to amount of first payment due on land applied for by him. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to make 
estimate of the first payment and advise Mr. Todd, pending 
completion of the survey. 



J. H. Davis applied to purchase timber in Dead Lakes, 
offering $3.00 per thousand for the dead and fallen timber 
and $5.00 per thousand for standing timber. 

The offer was declined but the Trustees agreed to grant 
Mr, Davis a lease for two or three years at a price of $5.00 
per thousand for all timber taken from Dead Lakes. 



Mr, B. A. Bales of Moore Haven, representing Mr, Her- 
bert Click, made application to purchase an island off the 
mainland, near Lakeport, offering $25.00 per acre for land 
outside the meander, $100.00 per acre for ridge land and 
$15.00 per acre for land behind the ridge. 

The Trustees declined to sell the island but directed the 
Land Department to advise Mr. Bales that it could be 
rented. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, was directed to advise 
Lake Butler Villa Company that unless the amount of 
$300,00 was paid within sixty days their oil lease in Lake 
Butler would be cancelled, as they had not carried out 
their agreement as to drilling on the land. 



170 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
P. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary $ 225.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 487.12 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

B. C. Whitfield, Trustees' Clerk 75.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla. 15.45 

L. T. Farmer, C. C. C., Scoring, Fla. 1.85 

C. B. C.wynn, Land Clerk 300.00 

$2,088.59 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
\TTEST- Governor— Chairman. , 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 30, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and 
the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict met on this date in the office of the Commissioner 
of Agriculture at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr Mayo stated that upon inquiry from the Chief 
Drainage Engineer he was advised that the greater part 
of the work performed by the Chief Drainage Engineer was 
now for the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund and 
that this work was increasing in volume from time to 
time; that the proportion of salary of the Chief Drainage 
Engineer paid by the Trustees was $225.00 and the pro- 
portion paid by the Drainage Board was $400.00 per 
month. In view of the foregoing. Mr. Mayo moved that the 



171 

proportion of $325.00 per month be paid by the Trustees 
Internal Improvement Fund and the proportion of $300.00 
per month be paid by the Board of Commissioner* of 
Everglades Drainage District, as the salary of the Chief 
Drainage Engineer. Seconds! by Mr. Amos and upon vote 
unanimously adopted. 

The Chief Drainage Engineer was instructed that, 
beginning with the month of September 1929, the propor- 
tion ot his salary to be paid by the Trustees would be 
$323.00 per month and the proportion to be paid by the 
Drainage Board would be $300.00 per month. 

Upon motion the Trustees and Drainage Board adjourn- 
ed. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller-Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliot, Seu-etary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
September 9, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Intent Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of ti*. State Treasurer at the 
Capitol. 
Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of AxrieuUnre, 

Report wss received from Mr. Mayo with referen*. 
to outstanding Certificates on Ny 2 of NE% of Section 
18, Township 57 South, Range 39 East. Mr. Mayo stated 
that the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Dade County had 
agreed to hold the matter open and not issue tax deed 
until advices had been received from the Trustees. 

The Trustees agreed upon the following: That they 
would pay taxes on the NWVi of NE*4 of said Section, less 
approximately 10 acres which had been released, said taxes 
estimated to be $2,644.77 ; that the Land Department advise 
Mr. E. L. Stapp to bring foreclosure suit on the mortgage 
held by the Trustees covering the said NW>4 of NE14 
and vest title back in the Trustees; that the Trustees 
allow Mr. Stapp an option to re-purchase the land to be 
re-conveyed to the Trustees any time within two years 



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for the consideration of the amount of taxes paid, plus 
$100.00. also Mr. Stapp to pay the accrued taxes on the 
Wy 2 of NWi/j and SW, of Section 12, Township 57 
South. Range 39 East, which was re-conveyed to the Trus- 
tees March 12, 1927, the credit of such re-conveyance 
to be applied on Section 18 as soon as taxes are paid. 

Mr. Mayo advised that Mr. Stapp and associates had 
agreed to handle foreclosure without any fee, except the 
Trustees would be required to pay actual Court costs, 
which was agreed to by the Trustees. 



J. R. Anderson of DeFuniak Springs, Flon'da, offered 
$8.00 per acre cash for the W% of SBU of Section 7, 
Township 3 North, Range 17 West, whuh was declined. 
The Trustees offered to sell the land for $100.00 per acre 
cash. 

Fnon motion the Trustees adjoo-*ned- 

ERXEST AMOS, 
Comptroller-Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST r 

F. C. Elliot, Secretac- 



Tallahas»e*. Florida, September 10, 1929. 

The Trustees of tb-' Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Davie E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Jmos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes' of August 27th and 30th, presented and ap- 
proved. 

Mr. R. (i. Holgate of Miami, Florida, was present and 
made application for oil and gas lease on 23,430 acres of 
land in Township 54 South, Ranges 35 and 36 East, Dade 
County. 

After discussion the Trustees agreed to issue oil lease to 
Mr. Holgate upon payment of all taxes on the land, or that 
might be levied hereafter, and certain conditions required 
bv the Trustees. Mr. Holgate agreed to pay all taxes and 
abide by the conditions set forth. "Whereupon lease was 
executed to Mr. Holgate and check for one- fourth the cur- 



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rent year taxes — $480,32 — was deposited with the Secre- 
tary, the remainder of the taxes to be paid in three, six and 
nine months from date. 



Mr. P. C. Elliott, Chief Dtrainage Engineer, and Mr. 
A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, having made investigation 
of the necessity for bridges aeross the Levee Canal in Palm 
Beach County, recommended that not more than six bridges 
be constructed at a cost not to exceed $75.00 each, and 
reported that Palm Beach County would assume the bal- 
ance of the cost of the bridges. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees appropriate the 
amount of $75.00 each for. the construction of the six 
bridges as recommended, the location of the bridges to be 
subject to approval by the Trustees. Seconded by Mr. 
Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Financial Statement for the month of August, 1929, was 
presented and ordered placed of record. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR AUGUST, 1929 

Balance in fund August 1, 1929 . .$117,315.31 

From land sales under Chap. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Chap, 10024, 
Acts of 1929 14,024.64 

Royalties on sand and gravel .... 200.49 

From lease of oil and mineral 
rights 343.75 

Refund by Tax Collector of Glades 

County 733.71 

From land sales ($7,075.16) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($1,768.78) 5,306.38 

$137,924.28 
Less Disbursements 2,977.08 



Balance on hand Sept. 1, 1929 $134,947.20 

RECAPITULATION 



Cash and cash items .$ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 133,947.20 



$134,947.20 



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BALANCES IN BANKS SEPTEMBER 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bunk. Jackson- 
ville, Pla $ 35,670.03 

Barnett National Bank. Jackson- 
ville, Fla 5,671.91 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 54,305.82 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
eola. Fla 17,453.81 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,778.30 

Capital Citv Bank, Tallahassee. 
Fla 3,617.08 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 7,369.74 

[jewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 2,080.51 



$133,947.20 
DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1929 No. In Favor of— Amount 

Aug. 15 7863 Southern Telephone & Const. Co. $ 4.25 

7864 Western Union Telegraph Co 2.84 

7865 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. . . 1.10 

7866 The H. & W. B. Drew Company 17;20 

7867 Florida Industrial School for Boys 815.49 

7868 W. A. Crawford 3.29 

7869 Railway Express Agencv .72 

7870 Fred E. Fenno, C* C. C 5.25 

7871 Artcraft Printers 18.00 

7872 The Palm Beach Times 6.50 

7873 W. F. Oliver, C. C. C 1.85 

7874 Capital Citv Publishing Co 12.00 

28 7875 F. C. Elliot 225.00 

7876 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7877 A. R. Richardson 487.12 

7878 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

7879 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

7880 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

7881 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

7882 Hattie Bell 83 33 

7883 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

7884 Cancelled and void. 

7885 L. T. Farmer, C. C. C 1.85 



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7886 B. C. Whitfield 75.00 

7887 C. B. Gwvnn 300.00 

7888 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 15.45 

$2,977.0S 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . $ 3.81 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla 1.39 

Southern Telephone & Const. Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 4.25 

Railway Express Agency, Tallahassee, Fla 6.63 

Arteraft Printers, Tallahassee, Fla 87.50 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 6.25 

W, H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla 15.25 

H. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla. 6.77 

McCreary Publishing Co., Gainesville, Fla 15.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C„ West Palm Beach, Fla. . . 3.50 

The Oeala Banner, Ocala, Fla 10.00 



$160.35 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F, C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, September 17, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present i 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Minutes of the Trustees of September 9th and 10th pre- 
sented and approved. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. George M. 
Thompson of Miami, requesting that his client be per- 
mitted to redeem the SW^4 of SE14 °f Section 4, Town- 
ship 54 South, Range 40 East — 10 acres, title to which had 
vested in the Trustees on account of non-payment of 
Drainage District taxes. 



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Mr, Thompson's client being former owner of the land, 
the Trustees directed that he be allowed to redeem the land 
upon payment of taxes, penalties and costs, and that the 
Secretary so advise him. 



Mr. Charles R. Pierce of Miami, representing Ocean 
Beach Heights, Inc., requested the Trustees to take action 
on application presented August 20th, for permission to 
dredge fill material from the shallow bottoms or submerged 
lands in Biscayne Bay adjacent to land purchased from 
the Trustees. Mr. Pierce made an offer of $100.00 for the 
necessary material. 

After hearing Mr. Pierce and Mr. Reilly, also of Miami, 
on the subject the Trustees agreed to accept $100.00 for 
the material, which will be approximately one million 
cubic yards, in view of the fact that the adjacent land had 
been sold to Ocean Beach Heights, Inc., without reference 
to any charge for the fill material. 



In reference to suitable charge for material used for fill 
purposes, the Trustees agreed to make a charge of one 
cent {lc) per cubic yard for such material where it was 
used for filling adjacent lands purchased from the Trus- 
tees, said fill material to be taken from bottoms of land 
owned by the Trustees. This charge to apply to future 
purchases. 

Mr, Charles R. Pierce of Miami made application on be- 
half of his client, Mr. Emmett C. Choate, Trustee, to pur- 
chase the spoil bank islands, submerged and partly sub* 
merged, together with additidnal spoil to make a series of 
islands, containing approximately 300 acres, located south 
of the channel and south of the causeway in Miami harbor. 

The Trustees agreed to advertise the land for highest 
bid and objections, upon receipt of description from Mr. 
pierce, purchaser to pay for advertising. A tentative price 
of $1,000.00 per acre was suggested. 



On April 22, 1926, in Entry No. 17589, Mr. R. E. Wat- 
kins of Fort Myers purchased 163.31 acres of sovereignty 
lands in Section 36, Township 45 South, Range 22 East, 
Lee County, known as McCardles Island, at a price of 
$100.00 per aere, on which a cash payment of $4,082.75 
was made. On January 14, 1926, in Entry No. 17456, the 
J. W. McWilliams Company, Inc., of which Mr. Watkins 



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is a member, purchased Lot 6, Section 10, Township 44 
South, Range 22 East, 9.80 acres, at a price of $355.00 per 
acre, making a cash payment of $869.75. In December, 
1927, the Trustees allowed Mr. Watkins to apply the cash 
payment of Entry No. 17456 to Entry No. 17589 and 
select acreage for the amount paid, the balance of 112.89 
acres, together with land covered by Entry No. 17456, be- 
ing reconveyed to the State December 30, 1927. 

Mr. Watkins appeared before the Trustees on this date 
and applied to purchase the portion of MeCardles Island, 
which he reconveyed in 1927, at a nominal price. 

In view of the price paid for the land in the above trans- 
action the Trustees agreed to sell the balance of this island 
to Mr. Watkins at a price of $1.00 per acre. Deed was 
ordered issued. 

Mr. R. E. Watkins made application to purchase a cer- 
tain point of land on Pine Island owned by the Trustees, 
together with two submerged islands, one containing ap- 
proximately 13 acres and the other approximately 105 
acres, offering $10.00 per acre for the land. 

After considering the offer the Trustees agreed to sell 
the two islands to Mr. Watkins at a price of $10.00 per 
acre, but declined to sell the point of land on Pine Island. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letters 
from lessees of State lands around Lake Okeechobee, re- 
questing that crop liens in favor of the Trustees be waived 
in favor of the United State Government in order that 
farmers might secure loans from the Government to pur- 
chase seed and supplies. 

After due consideration, the Trustees agreed to waive 
their lien in favor of the Government, with the provision 
that upon satisfaction of the Government lien, the crops 
would then be subject to the Trustees' lien; also that this 
concession be limited to farmers who are not in arrearjton 
any lease payments. The Trustees directed that the neces- 
sary papers be prepared and signed by the Governor. 



The sale of land in Peliean Lake was postponed until a 
full membership could be present. 



The Land Department presented letter from J. B. 
Hodges of Lake City, requesting adjustment on mortgage 
from Paul D, Camp to Trustees on land in Hamilton 
County. 



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After discussion, the Trustees declined to make any re- 
duction and directed the Land Department to advise Mr. 
Hodges that the mortgage could be purchased for face 
value, plus aecrued interest. 



The Land Office presented letter from Sir. Louis G. 
Freeman of Cincinnati, Ohio, stating that he was unable 
to give the Trustees a mortgage on lands recently pur- 
chased because his wife refused to sign the mortgage, but 
advised that if the Trustees would give him an extension 
of time on his Entry No. 17337-B on which $5,000.00 was 
due the Trustees, he would he able to pay cash for the 
land first mentioned, thus eliminating the necessity of giv- 
ing a mortgage. 

The Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Freeman an extension 
of six months and directed the Land Department to so 
advise him. 

The Land Office presented letter from Mr. P. John Hart 
of Fort Myers, requesting information as to the possibility 
of purchasing from the Trustees pine and hardwood 
timber. 

The matter was referred to Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, 
for investigation and report as to the Trustees' holdings. 



The Land Office presented letter from Mr. B. A. Bales 
of Moore Haven, stating that his client, Mr. Click, would 
pay $25.00 per acre for lands applied for by him, on which 
the Trustees had placed a price of $50.00 per acre. Mr. 
Bales asked that the land be advertised, guaranteeing a 
bid of $25.00 per acre. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
declined the offer of Mr. Bales and directed that he be so 
advised. ' 

The Land Office presented letter from Mr. P. O. Sehoel- 
les of Apalaehieola, making application to purchase three 
or four acres of land on Gap Island for a fishing camp. 

After consideration, the Trustees agreed to sell the sov- 
ereign lands only, adjacent to the uplands, at a price of 
$1,000.00 (the uplands being owned by another party). 
The Land Department was directed to advise Mr. Schoel- 
les of the action of the Trustees, and Mr. Richardson, Land 
Agent, was instructed to make investigation of conditions 
of the island and surrounding Land and report to the 
Trustees. 



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The matter of refund to R. A. Henderson and R. J. 
Tygert of money deposited with the Trustees for pur- 
chase of land, conveyance of which has been held itp on 
account of survey not having been furnished by applicants, 
was deferred for a full membership to be present. 



The Land Office presented letter from Mr. R. C. Boswell 
of Orlando, stating that he was interested in the purchase 
of Mangrove Islands in Banana River and requesting to 
be advised of the Trustees holdings and at what price the 
islands could be purchased. 

The Trustees deferred action on the matter and re- 
quested the Land Agent to make investigation and report. 



The Land Office presented letter from Stapp, Gourley. 
Vining & Ward of Miami, relative to Income Tax Lien 
on NW14 of NE*4 of Section 18, Township 57 South, 
Range 39 East, in which it was stated that the lien amount- 
ing to about $600.00 could be settled for approximately 
$100.00. A letter was also presented from Hon. Peter 
H. Miller, Collector of Internal Revenue of Florida, rel- 
ative to the said Tax Lien, advising that it would be nec- 
essary to pay the full amount in order to get the land 
released. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to take 
the matter up with Stapp, Gourley, Vining & Ward and 
ascertain the procedure necessary to have the land released 
for the amount stated in their letter. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented the matter 
of leasing land to Mr. L. L. Stuckey to take up a credit 
due him by the Trustees in the amount of $2,000.00. 

After discussion, it was decided that lands suitable for 
leasing be located by Mr. Richardson and that Mr. Stuckey 
be required to accept such lease at the rate of $25.00 per 
acre for the season ending July 1st, 1930, otherwise his 
credit would be forfeited, said credit having been allowed 
on a former lease to Mr. Stuckey based on his claim that 
he had expended that sum in clearing the land. 



The Land Agent submitted report on land which Mr. 
J. R. Poland made application to purchase, being Lot 18 
of Block 8 of Section 8, Township 42 South, Range 37 
East. 



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After discussion the Trustees decided to withdraw the 
land from sale and deny application of Mr. Poland, as 
they did not feel that he had any claim as upland owner, 
the land beinj,' strictly lake bottoms. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from 
Baynes & Rowe, Attorneys of West Palm Beach, on behalf 
of their client, Mr. C. E. Thomas, requesting permission 
for Mr. Thomas to farm a portion of certain land in- 
cluded in a tract against which an ejectment suit is now 
pending. 

The Trustees agreed to lease the land to Mr. Thomas 
for the season ending July 1, 1930 for the sum of $1.00, 
provided he would also sign a stipulation releasing all 
right, title or interest to the lands in future. Counsel was 
also instructed to follow the same procedure with other 
defendants in ejectments suits, upon request. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, presented letter from Baynes & 
Rowe, Attorneys of West Palm Beach, requesting that 
their client, J. B. Ilaiiier. be allowed to purchase certain 
bottom lands occupied by him, against which ejectment suit 
is pending, based upon his occupancy of the land for a 
number of years. 

The Trustees deferred action on this request and directed 
the Land Agent to make investigation and report. Counsel 
was direct ed to so advise Messrs. Baynes & Rowe. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, advised that Mr. 
Asa E. Maige was three months in arrears in payments on 
his sand lease on Ochlocknee River. 

The Trustees directed that the Lease of Mr. Maige be 
cancelled as of September 30th, 1929. unless payment in 
full to date is made. 



The following bill was approved and ordered paid: 
A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, Tallahassee, Pla, 

Expense account $ 173.93 

Cpon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida. 
September 24, 1929. 

The Trustees uf the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in fhe office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present: 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Aaios, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of September 17th, presented 
and approved. 



The Secretary presented application of Robert G. Hol- 
gate of Miami for additional Oil Lease on lands of the 
State in Townships 53 and 55 South, Range 36 East, and 
Township 55 Sauth, Range 35 East — approximately 54,000 
acres in Dade County. 

After contideration the Trustees directed the Secre- 
tary to advise Mr. Holgate that his application for Oil 
Lease was granted, under the same conditions as to pay- 
ments as former lease, but with the additional provision 
that a well should be drilled on each 15,000 acres of the 
tract. The Secretary was directed to prepare Oil Lease 
in conform ty with the above action. 



Mr. Wikon Trammell of Miami made application for 
Oil Lease on approximately 320 acres of land in Dade 
County. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
declined the application on account of the small acreage 
involved and also the fact that there would be a conflict 
with another lease in the same territory. The Secretary 
was directed to so advise Mr. Trammell. 



Mr. E. D. Harris of Kraemer Island requested the Trus- 
tees to prant extension of his note for $203.13 due August 
20, 1929, as he was unable to pay the interest or any part 
of the principal. 

The extension was granted for six months. 



The Land Department presented letter from Hawthorne 
& Burton of Miami, making application to lease or pur- 
chase from one to five acres of land in Biscayne Bay, 



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near Dinner Key, to construct a Boat repiir and Building 
Works. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to write 
Hawthorne and Burton, requesting thai they make an 
offer for five acres of land. 



The Land Department presented letttr from Stapp, 
Gourley, Vining & Ward of Miami, wit! further refer- 
ence to Income Tax Lien on certain land; on which the 
Trustees hold mortgage, and stated that they believed 
the $600.00 claim could be settled for $100i)0 if the 
Trustees would forward their check for that amount, 
made payable to Peter H. Miller, Internal Revenue Col- 
lector. 

The Trustees directed that check in tie amount of 
$100.00 be drawn in favor of Mr. Miller aid forwarded 
to Stapp, Gourley, Vining & Ward for settlement of 
Income Tax lien on property above. 



The Land Department presented letter lrom Sidney 
J. Catts, Jr., of West Palm Beach, requesting to be advised 
at what price the Trustees would sell Lots 11 and 12, 
Section 30, Township 41 South, Range 39 Eait, patented 
to the State under the Swamp Land Act, on which land 
his client had filed Homestead Entry. 

The Trustees directed the Land Departmen; to advise 
Mr. Catts that it was their policy to allow occujant of the 
land prior option to purchase. 

The Land Department presented letter from J. H. Davis 
of Blountstown, to whom the Trustees had granted timber 
lease for removing cypress from the Dead Lakes, enclosing 
executed lease and asking that certain changes be made. 

After discussion the Trustees decided that as conditions 
of the lease were the same as contained in other leases, 
no changes should be made. The Land Department was 
directed to so advise Mr. Davis. 



Mr. P. O. Schoelles of Apalachicola appeared bef ire the 
Trustees and made application to purchase Gap Island, 
in Franklin County, and renewed his offer of $60000 for 
the Island, stating that he thought the price of $1,000.00 
placed by the Trustees was too much. 

Trustees deferred action until the matter could b« taken 
up with the Shell Pish Commission to ascertain if the sale 



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would interfere with any fishing industries or public 
rights. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Chas. 
M. Todd of Canal Point, relative to sale of Pelican Lake 
to Pelican Lake Farms, Inc., and Mr, L. L. Stuckey, 
who was present, requested the Trustees to take action on 
the matter. 

After discussion the Trustees agreed to advertise the 
land in Pelican Lake for the highest bid and objections. 

The following notice for the advertisement of land in 
Pelican Lake and also land which the Trustees agreed to 
advertise for the highest bid, upon application of J. C. 
Crist, was ordered plaeed in the Palm Beach Post : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, September 23, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will 
receive competitive bids in open session at 10 o'clock A. 
M., Tuesday, November 5th, 1929, at Tallahassee, Florida, 
for the following described land in PALM BEACH 
County, Florida ■ 

The unsurveyed part of Section 9; unsurveyed 
part of the SWV 4 of SW14 of Section 10; the 
unsurveyed part of the W^> of NW14 and the 
unsurveyed part of NWV4 ot NW% of SW% of 
Section 15 ; unsurveyed NV2 and unsurveyed Nya 
of S 1 /^ of Section 16 ; unsurveyed part of Section 
17, lying east of the Florida East Coast Railway 
right-of-way ; all in Township 42 South, Range 37 
East, Tallahassee Meridian. 

Containing 1032 acres, more or less, known 
as PELICAN LAKE, in Palm Beach County, 
State of Florida. 

ALSO: 

Lots 14 and 15, Section 5, Township 43 South, 
Range 43 East, containing 71.25 acres, more or 
less, lying in Palm Beach County, State of 
Florida. 

This notiee is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 



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son or persons who may have objections may have an op- 
portunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

Certified cheek for $100.00 must accompany each bid. 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



The sale of land in Orange Lake, Alachua County, ad- 
vertised for August 27, 1929, having been deferred until 
this date, the chairman called for objections. 

The Land Department presented objection from P. H. 
Nugent, and a letter from Philoi Corporation, claiming 
ownership of the land. 

Mr. J, \V. Crosby of Citra asked to be allowed to with- 
draw his bid submitted August 27th, and stated that his 
company and other growers on the south side of the lake 
would have no objection to the sale and draining of the 
land, provided the dam and spillway, as outlined by the 
Trustees was constructed for the purpose of keeping the 
water level in Orange Lake, west of the land proposed to 
be sold, at normal level. 

After discussion the Trustees decided that the objection 
and claim were not sufficient to withdraw the land from 
sale. 

Bids were called for and Mr. .T, W. Shands of Tampa 
made a bid of $10,000.00 for the entire acreage of 2,100 
acres, which bid was accepted with the following vote : 

Yeas: Governor, Comptroller and Attorney General. 

Mr. Mayo asked that his vote be recorded as No. 

The Trustees directed the Chief Drainage Engineer and 
Counsel to work out conditions to be included in the deed ; 
also directed the Secretary to return check of Mr. Crosby, 
whose bid was withdrawn. 



, Mr. Cromwell Gibbons, Attorney, and Mr. R. C. Brent, 
Secretary of the West Coast Bridge & Tunnel Company, 
requested the Trustees to give them an easement over State 
lands for the construction of a tunnel and causeway in 
Tampa Bay, from a point in Hillsboro County to a point 
in Pinellas County. 



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The above company being upland owners adjacent to 
the land in question, the Trustees agreed to sell the sub- 
merged land out to the three-foot depth at a price of 
$100.00 per acre, subject to advertisement for objections. 

The matter was referred to the Chief Drainage Engi- 
neer and Counsel to work out acreage and description of 
land to be conveyed. 



Ocean Beach Heights, Inc., having made application for 
permit to dredge sand for fill material from the bay bot- 
tom adjacent to upland purchased from the Trustees, Mr. 
Amos moved that permit be granted said company upon 
terms and conditions as recommended by the Chief Drain- 
age Engineer. 



The Secretary presented letter from Doggett, Christy & 
Doggett, requesting appointment to meet with the Trus- 
tees on October 1st, relative to land exchange with South- 
ern Sugar Company. 

The Secretary was directed to advise Judge Doggett 
that the Trustees would meet in regular session October 
*lst and his company could be heard on that date. 



Mr. V. Earl Irons of Miami made application for re- 
lease of oil rights on lands purchased from the State, at 
the usual price of 25 cents per acre, and forwarded check 
in the amount of $40.00 to cover said release. 

The Trustees ordered that release be granted. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, took up the matter of 
mortgage of Lloyd-Skinner Development Company to 
Trustees Internal Improvement Fund under date of April 
19, 1926, covering 113.63 acres of land in Section 32, 
Township 29 South, Range 18 East, and Section 5, Town- 
ship 30 South, Range 18 East, Hillsborough County, and 
advised that the above named company was in bankruptcy 
and stated that the attorneys for the trustee of the bank- 
rupt had made application for the sale of the said land, 
free of liens. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Mcintosh to prepare proof of 
claim of said mortgage and Honorable Ernest Amos was 
authorized to execute said proof of claim, which was di- 
rected to be filed in the case. 



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Mr. E. P. Green of Bradenton having made application 
to purchase 4.5 acres of land in Manatee County, the 
Trustees ordered the following notice placed in Braden- 
ton Herald : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, September 23, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will hold 
a meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, November 5th, 
1929, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged land in MANATEE County, Florida : 

Beginning at Station 21 on survey made by F. 
K. Webb and Associates, thence South 29 degrees 
30 minutes East 540 feet; 

Thence South 28 degrees 50' West 630 feet to 
Station 20, on the traverse by F. K. Webb and 
Associates, a point on the section line dividing 
Sections 10 and 15, "said point being on the bay 
side of Anna Maria Key, at a point of mean high 
tide; 

Thence meandering the edge of the high land 
to Station 21, on the traverse of F. K. Webb and 
Associates, (the bearing and distance of Station 
21 from Station 20 is North 2 degrees 22' East, 
1,025.2 feet). 

Containing 4.5 acres, lying and being in Section 
10, Township 35 South, Range 16 East, County 
of Manatee, State of Florida. 

This Notice is given in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an op port unity to present same on date of sale as 
therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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The following bill* were approved and ordered paid: 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary $ 325.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Couisel • 229.16 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accouitant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistint Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer [ 83.33 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

C. B. Gwynn, Land Clerk 300.00 



$ 2,032.51 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

• DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 

ATTEST : 
P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, October 1, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of September 24th were pre- 
sented and approved. 



The sale of land in Pinellas County, lying in Section 33, 
Township 31 South, Range 16 East, containing 2.46 acres, 
applied for by W. G. Boyle, and advertised for hearing on 
this date, was considered. 

No objections being presented or filed, the land was sold 
to Mr. Boyle at a price of .$100.00 per acre, and the Land 
Department was directed to issue deed. 



The Secretary presented resolution of the Fort Pierce 
Chamber of Commerce, requesting that the Trustees cancel 



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the debt of the Drainage Board on condition that the Drain- 
age Board pay this amount to the State Road Department 
for the construction of a levee and highway now being sur- 
veyed from Moore Haven to Okeeekobee along which the 
Trustees own considerable land, and which would be bene- 
fited by the construction of the levee and highway. 

The Trustees directed the Secretary to advise the Port 
Pierce Chamber of Commerce that swing to the fact that 
it will be necessary to use this monej for payment of taxes 
coming due in November, the Trustees will be unable to 
grant the request. 

Mr. Wilson Trammell of Miami requested the Trustees to 
grant him an oil lease on 11.520 acres of land, being the 
Sy 2 of Township 52 South, Range 36 East, Dade County. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees grant the lease to Mr. 
Trammell subject to the usual conditions and reservations 
and upon payment of all taxes on the land. Seconded by 
Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. A. 0. Henderson of Miami appeared before the Trus- 
tees and requested cancellation of Deed No. 17,973, dated 
February 1, 1929, conveying certain land in Volusia Coun- 
ty, stating that there was a misunderstanding on his part 
as to the location of the land he purchased. 

Mr. Amos moved that as only three members were pres- 
ent, that action be deferred until the following day, when 
the Attorney General could be present and also allow the 
Trustees time to examine the records in the transaction. 
Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. A. O. Henderson of Miami made application to the 
Trustees for a three-year option to purchase land in Volusia 
County in the Halifax River, below Port Orange Bridge, in 
Township 16 South, Range 33 East, the land having been 
surveyed by Wallis Engineering Company. 

After consideration, the Trustees decided to withhold 
action on this matter until the following day and it was 
agreed to call a meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Wednesday, 
October 2, 1929, for the purpose of taking action on the 
matters presented by Mr. Henderson. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST : Governor — Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee. Florida, October 2, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Pursuant to recessed meeting of the 1st, the Trustees met 
to consider proposition of Mr. A. O. Henderson of Miami 
for cancellation of Deed No. 17973, executed by the Trus- 
tees February 1, 1929, Mr. Henderson submitting that the 
land he thought he purchased was high land, when in fact 
the land to which he received deed was marsh and swamp. 
Mr. Henderson presented letters to substantiate his position. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to cancel said Deed No. 17973 and refund Mr. Hen- 
derson the cash payment of $367.00. 



Pursuant to recessed meeting of October 1st, the Trustees 
took up the matter of proposition of Mr. A. 0. Henderson 
of Miami for the purchase of unsurveyed parts of. or 
islands, in the Halifax River, below Port Orange Bridge 
in Township 16 South, Range 33 East, Volusia County, 
which land was surveyed by Wallis Engineering Company. 
Mr. Henderson 's proposition was s That the Trustees grant 
him a three-year option for the purchase of this land at 
$100.00 per acre, with the understanding that within six 
months Mr. Henderson is to begin actual operations of 
filling in a unit of at least ten acres, the details of which to 
be agreed upon in the contract between the Trustees and 
Mr. Henderson, providing for issuance of deed and adver- 
tisement for objections to such unit, and if during the three- 
year period he should select any other of the area above 
mentioned, the Trustees to deed him such portion at a price 
of $100.00 per acre, the land to be advertised for objections 
only at the expense of Mr, Henderson, as application is made 
for deed, and at the end of the three-year period Mr. Hen- 
derson may be allowed further time to purchase the entire 
acreage at a priee of $100.00 per acre on terms of one- 
fourth cash and balance in one, two and three years with 
interest at 6/J-, or in case Mr. Henderson is not in position 
to purchase the land at the expiration of the three-year 



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period, but shows a disposition to continue the actual de- 
velopment of the property, the Trustees may allow him 
further option to purchase. 

After discussion, upon motion seconded and duly 
adopted, the Trustees decided to make an agreement with 
Mr. Henderson for an option of three years and deed Mm 
any part of the land during such period at $100.00 per 
acre, with additional option to purchase if conditions above 
referred to are carried out. 

The Trustees directed the Counsel to draw up the neces- 
sary agreement. 



The following bill was approved and ordered paid : 
A. O. Henderson, Miami Fla., refund account can- 
cellation of Deed No. 17973, dated February 1, 
1929 $367.00 

Often motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 8, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The minutes of the Trustees of October 1st, 1929, were 
presented and approved. 



Mr. H. O. Brown of Punta Gorda, made the Trustees an 
offer of $1000.00 for 720 acres of land in Sections 29 and 
30, Township 40 South, Range 26 East, Charlotte County, 
and stated that he had been under the impression that 
he owned the land through conveyances from the original 
grantee until an investigation brought out that the land 
is covered by Certificate from the Trustees, whieh Certifi- 
cate is to the effect that when the State took possession 
under swamp land grant, deed should have been issued 



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to original grantee. This deed was never issued and the 
title of Mr. Brown is not clear. 

After considering the facts presented, the Trustees agreed 
to execute deed to Mr. Brown for the above land, upon 
payment of $1,000.00. One-fourth cash and balance in Six, 
Nine and Twelve Months, with Six per cent interest on 
deferred payments. The Land Department was requested 
to prepare the deed. 



Florida Power and Light Company made application 
for Right-of-Way along the banks of Miami Canal for 
construction of transmission line along the canal. 

Permit in the usual form having been prepared, the 
Trustees approved same and ordered its execution. 



The Trustees having agreed to grant permit to Ocean 
Beach Heights, Inc., for taking sand for fill material from 
Biscayne Bay, to fill adjacent lands purchased from the 
Trustees, and Permit having been prepared and approved, 
the Trustees ordered its execution. 



Upon request of Judge Doggett of Jacksonville, the 
Secretary was directed to advise him that the Trustees 
would grant Mr. Dahlberg, of the Southern Sugar Com- 
pany, a hearing on October 15th. 



The Trustees having on September 24th, deferred action 
on the sale of Gap island to Mr. P. O. Schoelles of Apalach- 
icola, until the matter could be taken up with the Shell 
Pish Commissioner, to ascertain whether the sale would 
conflict with the fishing industry or public rights, received 
a letter from Mr. T. R. Hodges, Shell Fish Commissioner, 
advising that there would be no conflict with his depart- 
ment. 

Whereupon, the Trustees agreed to sell the Island to 
Mr. Schoelles at a price of $1,000.00, and directed the 
Land Department to so advise him. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. George 
I. Fuller ton of New Smyrna, asking to be advised if the 
Trustees would entertain a proposition for the sale of 
submerged land in Township 17 South, Range 34 East, 
near the City of New Smyrna. 



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The Trustees directed the Land Department to request 
Mr. Fullerton to submit his proposition and make an 

offer for the land. 



The Land Department submitted an offer from E. H. 
Armstrong of $8.00 per acre for 121.98 acres of land in 
Section 4, Township 33 South, Range 20 Bast, Manatee 
County. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer be declined. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department submitted offer from H. M, 
Hampton of Oeala, of $7.50 per acre for SE14 of NWy 4 
of Section 36, Township 16 South, Range 24 East; Marion 
County. 

The offer was declined and the Land Department di- 
rected to so advise Mr. Hampton. 



The Land Department presented letter from C. F. Dod- 
son and associates submitting an offer of $15.00 per acre 
for approximately 200 acres in Section 17, Township 20 
South, Range 29 East ; Orange County. 

It was ordered that Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, 
make investigation and report to the Trustees before action 
is taken. The Land Department was directed to so ad- 
vise Mr. Dodson. 



The Land Department presented letter from L. E. 
Brown, colored, requesting the Trustees to make some ad- 
justment on his mortgage covering balance due on land 
purchased from the Trustees, the total amount of pur- 
' ehase being $1,978.00, on which a cash payment of $5QQ.00 
has been made, and interest paid to October 1, 1928. Also 
a letter was submitted from W. E. Riggs, Executive Secre- 
tary of American Red Cross, relative to this purchase. 

The Trustees directed that action be deferred until Mr. 
Richardson, Land Agent % returned and made report. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid 

Southern Telephone Construction Co., Tallahas- 
see, Fla $ 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla..r 
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 
Artcraft Printers, Tallahassee, Fla. , 



4.25 

.33 

3.38 

3.25 



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Railway Express Agencv, Tallahassee, Fla. . . . 1.42 

The H. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla.. . 154.40 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, Tallahassee, Fla 54.40 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 3.10 

Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C„ DeLand, Fla 2.25 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach 

Fla i 1.75 

The Clearwater Sun, Clearwater, Fla 15.75 



$ 244.28 

Financial Statement for the month of September was 
presented, approved and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR SEPTEMBER, 1929 

Balance in Fund September 1, 

1929 $134,94,.20 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 

Royalties on sand and gravel... 

Receipts on account of land leases 

Receipts 'u account oil and gas 
leases 

From land sales ($3,473.06) less 
257c to State School Fund 
($868.40) 2,604.66 



5,401.98 

527.23 

1,227.00 

483.57 



$145,191.64 
Less Disbursements 2,466.79 



-o Balance on hand October 1, 1929 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 141,724.85 



$142,724.85 



$142,724.85 
BALANCES IN BANKS OCTOBER 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 35,670.03 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla. 5,847.04 

7—1. I. F. 



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Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla: 61,236.56 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla. , 17,453.81 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,778.30 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 1,288.86 

The Exchange Bank, Tallhassee, 
Fla '.. 7,360.74 

Lewis .State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 2,080.51 



$141,724.85 



DISBURSEMENTS 



Date Check 
1929 No. 
Sept. 11, 7889 

7890 
7891 

7892 
7893 
7894 
7895 
7896 
7897 
7898 
7899 
19, 7900 
28, 7901 
7902 
7903 
7904 
7905 
7906 
7907 
7908 
7909 
7910 
7911 
7912 
7913 



In Favor of: Amount 

Western Union Telegraph Co.$ 3.81 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co.. . . 1.39 
Southern Telephone & Const r. 

Co 4.25 

Railway Express Company . . 6.63 

Artcraft Printers '. . . . 87.50 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc 6.25 

W. H. May, Postmaster 15.25 

H. & W. B. Drew Co 6.77 

MeCreary Publishing Co 15.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 3.50 

The Ocala Banner 10.00 

A. R. Richardson 173.93 

F. C. Elliot 325.00 

M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

A. R. Richardson 333.34 

F. E. Bayless 233.34 

A. C. Bridges 80.00 

Jentye Dedge 75.00 

H. L. Shearer 50.00 

Hattie Bell 83.33 

R. W. Ervin 233.34 

Robert Wynn 40.00 

C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

Peter H. Miller 100.00 



$ 2,466.79 



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The Trustees, acting as the Board of Drainage Commis- 
sioners of the State of Florida, appointed J. P. Walden 
and John W. Gallagher as Supervisors of Dover Drainage 
District of Hillsborough County, for a term of two and 
three years respectively. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST : Governor-Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, October 15, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H, Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of October 2nd and -8th presented and the min- 
utes of October 8th were approved. The minutes of October 
2nd, with reference to a proposition of Mr. A. O. Hender- 
son, were corrected and approved as corrected. 



The Secretary presented permit to Ocean Beach Heights, 
Inc., which had been revised to take in additional territory 
fronting land owned by Tatum Brothers, together with 
letter from Tatum Brothers giving their consent to the 
lease and advising that no charge would be made by them 
for the material. 

The Trustees agreed to execute the lease, including the 
additional territory on the same terms as agreed on, pro- 
vided no charge was being made by Tatum Brothers for the 
material. The lease was ordered executed upon these terms. 



The Secretary presented form of contract from A. O. 
Henderson following action of the Trustees on October 2nd, 
and the Trustees directed Counsel to examine the contract 
and make such changes as necessary to meet requirements, 
including reservation for Coast Line Canal. 



Mr. Tom Norfleet of Miami requested that he be allowed 
to give the Trustees an order on the Comptroller in the 



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amount of $625.00 to apply on the purchase of 50 acres of 
land in Lake Okeechobee, near Southbay, and also accept 
his order for $125.00 on the Comptroller to pay the Wallis 
Engineering Company for surveying the said land, the 
Comptroller to issue warrants for these amounts when 
funds are available to reimburse him for the time of his 
suspension from the office of Judge of the Criminal Court 
of Record of Dade County, which reimbursement was al- 
lowed by an Act of the Legislature of 1929, 

The Trustees agreed to accept the orders of Mr. Norfleet 
as payment on the land and as payment to Waliis Engi- 
neering Company, and directed that said orders be filed 
with the Comptroller. 



The Land Department presented letter from Wideman 
and Wideman, attorneys, of West Palm Beach, requesting 
that they be notified when lands in a certain territory are 
sold or any hearings to be had thereon. 

The Trustees directed that Messrs. Wideman & Wideman 
be advised that the Trustees could not definitely agree to 
personally notify all parties desiring such information, 
when lands in a particular section were to be sold but that 
notice was usually given by publication in the newspapers j 
however, note would be made of their request in case of 
sale of this particular parcel of land. 



The Land Department presented letter from John Leon- 
ard, requesting extension of his timber lease and making an 
offer of $150.00 for a three-year-extension. 

The Trustees declined the offer, but agreed to extend his 
lease for three years upon payment of $250.00. The Land 
Department was directed to so advise Mr. Leonard. 



The Trustees having on October 8th declined offer from 
H. M. Hampton of Ocala of $7.50 per acre for land in Sec- 
tion 36, Township 16 South, Range 24 East, Marion County, 
directed the Land Department to advise Mr. Hampton that 
they would accept $10.00 per acre for the land. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Tom 
Conley of Okeechobee requesting the Trustees to refund 
deposits made by Eagle Bay settlers as deeds had never 
been issued and the parties are not now able to farm the 
land. 



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After discussion the Trustees agreed to refund the 
amounts deposited by R. A. Hunter, George L. Hunter and 
W. J. Pierce, upon condition that they relinquish any 
claim they may have to the land. 



The Land Department submitted letter from J. L. Hitch 
of Miami relative to the purchase of land in Sections 11 and 
12, Township 57 South, Range 39 East. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to request 
that Mr. Hitch make an offer for the land. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, submitted reports on 
three tracts of land referred to him for investigation, as 
follows : 

R. C. Boswell, Volusia County. 

Mrs. Allie R. Barnes, Polk County. 

C. F. Dodson, Orange County. 

The Trustees considered the application of R. C. Boswell 
for the purchase of an unsurveyed island and marshes in 
Banana River, Sections 11, 14 and 22, Township 24 South, 
Range 37 East, Volusia County, and declined to make dis- 
position of the island at this time, as it was thought there 
would be conflict with upland ownership. 



Application of Mrs. Allie R, Barnes, for client, to take 
cross ties from 160 acres of land in Section 10, Township 31 
South, Range 30 East, Polk County, was considered. 

Upon recommendation of the Land Agent, the Trustees 
agreed to sell the ties on the following schedule: 15 cents 
per tie for good ties and 5 cents per tie for culls, payment 
to be based on copy of Inspector's Report to be furnished 
the Trustees; also that Mrs. Barnes* client be required to 
furnish bond in the sum of $250.00 as guarantee that he will 
fulfill his part of the contract. 



Upon consideration of the application of C. F. Dodson 
to purchase the SE14 of Section 3, Township 20 South, 
Range 28 East— 160 acres— and the SEI4 of NE14 of Sec- 
tion 17, Township 20 South, Range 29 East— 40 acres- 
all in Orange County, the Trustees agreed to sell the 160- 
acre tract at a price of $20.00 per acre and the 40-acre tract 
at $10.00 per acre, which was accepted by Mr. Dodson. 



The Land Department presented a letter from J. P. 
Davis of St. Petersburg, one of a syndicate purchasing 



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164.48 acres of land in Sections 7 and 8, Township 32 
South, Range 17 East— Entry No. 17720— on which a pay- 
ment of $12,336.00 is now due, requesting that some adjust- 
ment be allowed for the reason that all except three of the - 
original purchasers have withdrawn from the company. 

After discussion the Trustees decided that they could not 
make any adjustment, but if Mr. Davis and associates would 
pay the interest, extension would be given on the payment 
now due. 

The request of R. J. Tygert and R. A. Henderson of Fort 
Myers, for return of deposit made on State land, was con- 
sidered. 

After discussion of the transaction and in view of the 
fact that the reason tor deeds not having been made was 
failure on the part of Messrs. Tygert and Henderson to 
furnish survey, the Trustees decided that they would not 
be justified in refunding the amounts deposited but would 
ullow the above parties 90 days within which to make sur- 
veys, and upon surveys being furnished would deed land 
in proportion to cash payment, or if this was not satisfac- 
tory the Trustees would return fifty per cent (50 r /c) of 
the cash deposit and cancel the transaction. 



Mr. Mayo made a motion that in all transactions hereto- 
fore entered into where the purchaser was required to 
make survey, that such parties be given 90 days within 
which to furnish survey, or in lieu thereof the Trustees to 
refund 50 r /c of the cash deposit, and that hereafter when 
purchaser is to pay for survey the required amount be de- 
posited with the Trustees and survey be made by the State. 
Seconded by Mr. Davis and ujion vote unanimously adopted. 

It was ordered that this course be pursued in future. 



The Land Department presented letter from C. L. 
Moody, applying to purchase the southwesterly 50 feet of 
Lot 2, being a sub-divigion of Sections 23 and 24, Township 
42 South, Range 36 East, which tract the Trustees had 
agreed to sell to James Dempsey, Mr. Moody basing his 
application on the fact that Mr. Dempsey is an inmate of 
the State Hospital at Chattahoochee and may not be in 
position to carry out his agreement to purchase the land. 

The Trustees deferred action on the matter and directed 
the Land Department to write Dr. Falmar, Superintendent 
of the Hospital, for n report as to Mr. Dempsey 's condition. 



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Mr. W. T. Wallis, Jr., representing Brown Company of 
Portland, Maine, made application to purchase tax lands, 
title having vested in the Trustees for non-payment of 
drainage taxes, offering an amount equal to all taxes, pen- 
alties and cost plus $1.00 per acre. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to advertise the land as required by law, provided 
Brown Company would bid not less than an amount equal 
to all taxes, penalties and cost, plus $1.00 per acre. Where- 
upon, the following notice was placed in the Palm Beach 
Post : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, October 15, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given in compliance with the pro- 
visions of Section 1175, Revised General Statutes of Flor- 
ida, that the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fundof 
the State of Florida, will on Tuesday, December 3rd, 1929, 
10 o'clock A, M„ at Tallahassee, offer for sale the following 
described lands, lying and being in PALM BEACH Coun- 
ty, Florida : 

Ey 2 of Wy 3 of NEi/i of SE14 (N and E of Hills- 
boro Canal), in Seetion 3, Township 45 South, 
Range 38 East, containing 9.2 acres. 

Tract 16 in Section 21, and Tract 12 in Section 
33, Township 46 South, Range 39 East, contain- 
ing 80 acres. 

Bids will be received therefor at Tallahassee, Florida, 
until 10 o'clock A.M. on date of sale. 
Terms: Cash. 
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Mr. W. T. Wallis, Jr., on behalf of his company and other 
clients, requested the Trustees to advertise other tax lands 
in the Everglades, advising that there was a large acreage 
on which the Trustees pay taxes which could be put baek 
on the tax books if advertised for sale, original owners 






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having neglected to keep up taxes for the past ten or twelve 
years. 

After discussion the matter was held over for full Board 
meeting. 



Mr. W. T, Wallis, Jr., on behalf of Brown Company, re- 
quested the Trustees to join with his company in petition- 
ing the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District to incorporate a certain area into a development 
unit for the purpose of more complete drainage. 

After discussion the Trustees agreed to join with Brown 
Company in making request of the Drainage Board for 
creation of their holdings into a development unit. 



Mr. C. F. Dodson applied to purchase the NE*4 of Sec- 
tion 35, Township 34 South, Range 20 East — 98 acres — in 
Manatee County, making an offer of $10.00 per acre for 
the land. 

The offer was accepted by the Trustees and deed ordered 
issued to Mr. Dodson. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from 
Dr. T. S. Kennedy for a 90-day extension of his option to 
make further tests for mineral hearing sand in Santa Rosa 
Bay. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted the Trustees 
agreed to grant the 90-day option upon payment of $100.00. 



L. E. Brown, colored, of Palm Beach County, having 
made application to the Trustees for adjustment on his 
purchase, the Trustees requested the Land Agent to have 
a talk with Brown on his next trip to that section, and 
ascertain what adjustment he wanted the Trustees to allow 
him. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from 
Mr. Pat Johnson of Kissimmee, relative to option to make 
test of clay pits in Lake Tohopekaliga, near Kissimmee, and 
recommended that if lease is given that the Trustees charge 
a royalty of 5% for all sand and clay and 2% on all 
finished products. 

The recommendation of the Land Agent was approved 
and an option of 90 days was given Mr. Johnson's client, 



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Mr. Hancock, to make the necessary arrangements and in- 
vestigation. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
ATTFST- Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 16, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, 

Present i 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer, 

Fred H. Davis,- Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Messrs. Lloyd and Mitchell, on behalf of Cummer Cy- 
press Company of Jacksonville, Florida, appeared before 
the Trustees at a special meeting this morning and explain- 
ed that they had made application to the War Depart- 
ment for issuance of a Permit to construct a railway 
bridge across a stream known as Panasoffkee Outlet ; 
that a hearing on the granting of the Permit will be held 
by the War Department on October 23rd, 1929, and 
that among other things they desire to show that said 
Company had permission from the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund for erecting a bridge across Panasoffkee 
Outlet, the bridge to be used by the Company in connection 
with its lumber business, for which charter had been duly 
filed with the Secretary of State. 

After discussion of the subject, the Trustees directed 
the Chief Engineer and Secretary to prepare a permit 
in accordance with the draft outlined by him to the repre- 
sentatives of Cummer Cypress Company and which the 
representatives of said Company stated would be satis- 
factory. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 17, 1929. 



The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the offiee of the Governor at the Capitol, 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Judge Tom Norfleet of Miami appeared before the 
Trustees and made application for an Oil Lease on lands 
in Lake Okeechobee and presented form of lease he de- 
sired the Trustes to excute. 

After discussion Mr. Davis moved that the Trustees 
go on record as not being favorable to leasing any lands 
in the bottom of Lake Okeechobee, unless the territory 
be confined to certain designated tracts platted on a 
map submitted by the Chief Drainage Engineer and the 
lease to contain the same conditions and reservations as 
other oil leases, but by this motion, the Trustees do not 
bind themselves to the leasing of the area designated on 
the map. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Mayo voted in the negative, stating that he took 
the position that the Trustees should not lease any of the 
bottoms of Lake Okeechobee at this time. The motion 
was carried. 

Judge Norfleet asked for time in whieh to make another 
proposition to the Trustees, whieh was agreed to. The 
matter was held open for further consideration. 



Permit to Cummer Cypress Company for construction 
of a bridge across Panasoffkee Outlet, whieh was agreed 
to on the 16th instant, was presented, executed and ordered 
forwarded to said Company. 



The Secretary presented application of East Coast Oil 
and Natural Gas Company of Miami for an Oil Lease, 
under the usual terms and conditions, advising that the 
same was in line with other applications. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the application 
was approved and the Secretary directed to prepare lease 
for execution. 



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Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON. 
ATTEST : Governor-Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 21, 1929, 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Judge Tom Norfleet of Miami appeared before the Trus- 
tees relative to securing Oil Lease on bottoms of Lake 
Okeechobee and Lake Hicpochee, offering to pay $10,000.00 
within Sis (6) months for a Five (5) year lease on the 
shallow bottoms, which the Trustees had advised him they 
would entertain proposition to lease. 

After discussion, Mr, Amos moved that the Trustees 
grant to Judge Norfleet a Five-year lease on the area 
designated by the Engineer, the Lessee, to construct suit- 
able and proper protection around his operations to guaran- 
tee that the purity of the waters of the Lake would not be 
disturbed, which protection to be approved by the Trus- 
tees, and also under other terms and conditions contained 
in oil leases heretofore issued. Seconded by Mr. Knott 
and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Mayo east his vote in the negative, stating that 
he was opposed to leasing any lake bottoms for oil leases 
at this time. 

The motion was carried. 

The Secretary was directed to prepare Oil Lease for 
execution by the Trnstees, with the provision that $10,- 
000.00 be paid within Six (6) months from date of lease; 
upon default of payment lease to be cancelled ; also with 
the provision that for each 15,000 acres Lessee is to drill 
One well. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST : Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, October 22, 1929, 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Land Department presented letter from Stapp, 
Gourley, Vining and Ward of Miami, returning $100.00 
check made payable to Peter H. Miller, Internal Revenue 
Collector, to settle income tax lien covering lands on which 
the Trustees hold mortgage, with advice that settlement 
could not be effected on that basis, and requesting the Trus- 
tees to issue another cheek for $100.00 in their favor to 
apply on the foreclosure proceedings necessary to place title 
to the land back in the State. 

The Trustees directed that check returned from Stapp, 
Gourley, Vining & Ward, drawn in favor of Peter H. Mil- 
ler, be cancelled and a check for $100.00 be issued to Stapp, 
Gourley, Vining & Ward for instituting foreclosure pro- 
ceedings as above. 



The Land Department presented letter from Thos. H. 
Horobin, in which he requested the Trustees to assume 
payment of taxes on land reconveyed by him to the State. 

The request was denied and the Land Department di- 
rected to so advise Mr. Horobin. 



The Land Department submitted letter from Mr. George 
I. Fullerton, requesting the Trustees to set a price on a 
small island near New Smyrna, which the Smyrna Yacht 
Club desires to purchase. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to request 
Mr. Fullerton to make an offer for the island. 



The Land Department submitted letter from the Cham- 
ber of Commerce of New Smyrna, asking to be advised as 
to the riparian rights of Mrs. Dora Christensen to land in 
Indian River, 

The letter was ordered referred to Counsel for attention 
and reply. 



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The Secretary reported that final draft of oil lease to 
Judge Norfleet was not ready, hut submitted two condi- 
tions which Judge Norfleet desired in the lease — one as to 
date of commencement of first well, and second, as to ex- 
tension of lease at expiration of five-year period. 

The Trustees agreed that it would he best not to deviate 
from the usual form and directed that the same conditions 
contained in other oil leases, viz: That first well shall he 
started within six months, etc., should be incorporated in 
lease to Judge Norfleet. No action taken as to extension 
of the lease. 



The following bill was approved and ordered paid. 
Stapp, Gourley, Vining and Ward, Miami, Fla. 
To preliminary cost in foreclosure suit on Home- 
stead land $100.00 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, Oetober 29, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The Secretary presented shell lease applied for by Dick- 
ens & Shirey, together with cash bond in the sum of 
$1,000.00 plus $25.00 first monthly royalty for taking shell. 

The Trustees, upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, 
directed that the lease be dated November 1st and upon 
execution one copy be forwarded to Messrs. Dickens & 
Shirey. 

The Land Department presented letter from Dr. Falmar, 
Chief Surgeon and Superintendent of the Hospital at 
Chattahoochee, in reply to a request from the Trustees as 
to condition of James Dempsey, an inmate of the institu- 



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tion, to whom the Trustees had agreed to sell certain land 
in Sections 23 and 24, Township 42 South, Range 36 East. 
Dr. Faltnar advised that Mr. Dempsey was improving and 
had stated that he desired to purchase the land. The Bank 
of Pahokee notified the Trustees that Mr. Dempsey had 
sufficient money in the bank to pay for the land but that a 
court order would be necessary before it could be with- 
drawn. 

The Trustees directed that this course be pursued. 



The Land Department presented letter ijrom H. G. 
Stewart of Moore Haven, one of the Lakeport settlers, ask- 
ing that an extension be given for payment of amount due 
on his claim. 

The Trustees having allowed ninety (90) days from Au- 
gust 18th, 1929, within which to make payment on claims 
in the Lakeport section, refused to grant further extensions 
and directed the Land Department to so advise Mr. Stewart. 



Tiie Land Department presented letter from Mr. John 
Leonard of St. Augustine, making an offer of $100,00 for 
a one-year extension of his timber lease, the Trustees having 
on October 15th agreed to grant a three-vear extension for 
$250.00. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
directed the Land Department to advise Mr. Leonard that 
they would extend the lease one year upon pavment of 
$125.00. 



A letter was presented from Mr. Thomas H. Horobin of 
Miami, making request that the Trustees allow him to select 
lands equal to his credit with the State, and out of the sale 
of the lands so selected he to pay the taxes due on other 
lands which he has reconveyed to the Trustees. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to ascertain 
from Mr. Horobin a description of the lands he has in view 
and upon receipt of this information action will be taken. 



The Land Department presented application of the town 
of Gulfport, represented by Paul H. Brinson of St, Peters- 
burg, to purchase 19.85 acres of land in front of the said 
town. 

The action of the board was that it be ascertained for 
what purpose the land was wanted and the price offered. 



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Mr, A. 0. Henderson of Miami appeared befflre the Trus- 
tees relative to agreement for option on land in Volusia 
County, and asked that he be given one year within which 
to commence actual development and filling in of the land, 
instead of six months as agreed on at former meeting. 

Mr. Amos moved that the request be granted and one 
year allowed for commencement of development; also that 
a reservation be made for Florida Coast Line Canal right- 
of-way. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented application of Dickens & Shirey 
for a ninety-day option on eight rivers in the State for the 
purpose of prospecting for shell. 

The application was denied. 



Application was received from Burdell Harris for release 
of mineral rights on land owned by him and enclosing check 
for $5.00 in payment for said release. 

The Trustees directed that release be issued to him if 
application was in proper order. 
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The Secretary presented letter from Mr. Giles J. Patter- 
son, attorney of Jacksonvdle, requesting to be advised if 
the Trustees would consider purchasing city property under 
a sale for city taxes. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
directed the Secretary to advise Mr. Patterson that they 
would not be interested in buying city property for taxes 
as referred to. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. John J. Fritz, 
president of Allah Farms, Inc., petitioning the Trustees to 
reduce taxes for 1928 and 1929 on their lands, suggesting a 
50% reduction. They also asked that the taxes for 1930 and 
thereafter be reduced to a figure which they would be able 
to pay. 

The Secretary was directed to advise Allah Farms, Inc., 
that the Trustees had no authority to reduce taxes, as the 
Legislature fixed the rate of taxation and reduction could 
be made only by the Legislature. 



The Secretary presented letter from Bayshore Company 
of Jacksonville, requesting permission of the Trustees to 
assign their shell lease to F. M. LeGate, who also holds shell 
lease from the Trustees. 



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Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees grant permission 
for assignment of the contract of Bayshore Company to 
P. 31. LeGate, provided the assignment carries with it the 
condition that the two leases be operated separately and 
distinctly and royalty be paid on each of the leases as 
heretofore; also that all payments due on Bayshore Com- 
pany's lease be made up to date of assignment. Seconded 
by Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Church Properties, 
Inc., relative to issuance of duplicate tax certificates, origi- 
nals of which have been lost. 

Upon advice of Counsel the Trustees directed the Sec- 
retary to advise Church Properties, Inc., that they were 
not authorized under the law to issue duplicates for lost 
certificates, but the proper procedure would be by court 
proceedings. 



An application was presented from Mr. Ben Sheppard 
of Miami for an oil lease covering portions of Township 
50 South, Range 35 East, and Township 51 South, Range 
35 East. 

Mr. Amos moved that the lease be granted upon terms 
and conditions as agreed upon by the Trustees. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. The Secretary was requested to 
prepare lease for execution. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that Dr. 
T. S. Kennedy of Jlilton, Florida, had made application 
for sand lease on Santa Rosa Sound and requesting that 
lie be allowed to wash the sand before shipment. Mr. 
Richardson recommended that in the event this provision 
was made a part of the lease that the price pec ton be 
30 cents instead of 25 eents. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant the lease to Dr. Kennedy as above at the priee 
recommended, for a period of two years. 

The Trustees having agreed to grant oil lease to Mr.. 
Tom Norfleet of Miami, and the lease having been pre- 
pared and approved, was executed by the Trustees and or- 
dered forwarded to Judge Xorfleet. 

Messrs. Watson and Dozier, representing Ritta Farms & 
Improvement Company, appeared before the, Trustees rela- 



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tive to adjustment on their purchase, stating that they had 
been unable to make any crops on the land for several 
years on account of high water and insufficient drainage, 
also that taxes for several years were now due owing to the 
fact that the land was sold and after making the first pay- 
ment of $10,000.00, which amount was paid to the Trus- 
tees, the purchasers had paid nothing more and had al- 
lowed approximately $5,000,00 of taxes to accumulate. 
Messrs. Dozier and Watson requested the Trustees to con- 
eel the mortgage and they would pay the baek taxes. 

Amount paid on the purchase price $23,900.00, Amount 
due, $21,500 plus interest from July 16, 1925. 

After discussion the Trustees advised Messrs. Watson 
and Dozier that they would take the matter under consider- 
tion and advise their action. 



Messrs. B. G. Dahlberg, Jules M. Burguieres, J. L. Dog- 
gett and F. D. Duff, representing Southern Sugar Com- 
pany, met with the Trustees relative to the exchange of 
approximately 11,000 acres of land owned by Southern 
Sugar Company for an equal area of land owned by the 
State in the area of the company's immediate plans of de- 
velopment and situate proximate to Lake Okeechobee. Mr. 
Dahlberg requested the Trustees to make the exchange of 
lands on an acre for acre basis and agreed as part of con- 
sideration for the exchange to construct and put into actual 
operation within one year, a sugar mill at or near Canal 
Point, of not less than 2,500 tons cane capacity per day 
and put into cultivation a sufficient acreage to supply the 
said mill with cane. 

Mr. Dahlberg also advised the Board that his company 
was interested in taking over a part of the contract of the 
Tatum Land Company and were willing to step into the 
shoes of the said company and pay the Trustees the amount 
due by the Tatums on the acreage desired, which was ap- 
proximately 1,400 acres. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees take the matter un- 
der consideration and upon return of Mr. Mayo action 
would be taken on the exchange of land with Southern 
Sugar Company and assumption of the Tatum Land Com- 
pany's contract as to the lands desired. Seconded by Mr. 
Amos and upon vote adopted. 



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The following bills were presented and ordered paid : 
P. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary $ 325.00 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, salary and ex- 
pense account 698.95 

Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C, DeLand, Fla 1.75 

Pred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla 3.60 

W. H. May, P. M., Tallahassee, Fla 76.36 

C. B. Gwvnn, Land Clerk 300.00 



$ 2,439,83 
rpon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. ' 

Tallahassee, Florida, November 5, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of October 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 
22nd and 29th, presented and approved. 

The Secretary reported that the loan of the Trustees to 
the Drainage Board in the amount of $100,000.00 was due 
November 1st. and recommended that in order to keep the 
records in the Treasurer's office straight the matter be 
handled as a book transaction ; that the Trustees, upon re- 



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ceipt of warrant from the Drainage Board, issue their 
check to the Drainage Board in payment of drainage taxes 
due by the Trustees, this being the understanding between 
the two Boards at the time the loan was authorized. 

The Trustees ordered that the matter be handled in the 
above manner and that note from the Drainage Board be 
cancelled upon receipt of warrant from the Comptroller. 

Florida Power and Light Company having returned a 
permit which the Trustees had executed to them on Octo- 
ber 8th, 1929, requested that a correction be made in the 
description, owing to a change in the location of their 
transmission lines. 

The Trustees approved the permit, with the corrected de- 
scription, and directed that the same be executed and for 
warded to said company. 



The Secretary presented letter from Dean R. A. Basco 
whose application for oil lease was approved October 17th, 
requesting that the Trustees allow him two months in which 
to make the first payment. 

Upon motion seconded and duly adopted, the 'Trustees 
directed the Secretary to advise Dean Rasco that they 
could not grant his request, but if the land was still avail- 
abler at the expiration of two months they would grant him 
a. lease at that time. 



Mr. Amos moved that hereafter in the leasing of oil 
rights the Trustees require the full year's taxes to be paid 
upon execution of the lease. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted. 



Application was presented from Mr. Leonard Lowrie of 
Tallahassee for permit to dredge mussel shell from the bot- 
toms of Oeklocknee River and tributaries. 

The Trustees took the matter under advisement and re- 
quested the Secretary to obtain certain information as to 
the purpose of the lease, disposition of the shell and whether 
the construction of a plant for converting the shell into the 
finished product is contemplated. 



The Secretary presented application from H. L. Baker 
of Miami for an oil lease on land in the Everglades. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Baker be advised of the 
conditions of the lease and upon acceptance thereof lease 
would be issued. 



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Application of Mr. A. 0. Henderson of Miami, for mussel 
shell lease in Wimico River and tributaries, was presented. 

The matter was taken under advisement pending receipt 
of information from Mr. Henderson as to purpose of the 
lease, disposition of the shell and whether or not a factory 
was contemplated in that section. 



The Land Department presented letter from Allandale 
Company of Daytona, Florida, advising that the Govern- 
ment refused to issue permit for filling in sovereignty land 
sold to said company by the Trustees, on the ground that 
the State does not own the land. 

The matter was referred to the Attorney for attention. 



The Secretary presented the matter of sale of land to 
Lake port settlers, the Trustees having allowed ninety (90) 
days from August 18th, 1929, within which to make pay- 
ment for the laud. 

The Chief Drainage Engineer recommended that addi- 
tional time be given to close up the matter as there had been 
some delay in computing amounts due. 

The Trustees directed that the extension as outlined by 
the Chief Drainage Engineer be granted and that he work 
out schedule as suggested. 



Application was presented from Mr. Ben Shepard of 
Miami, requesting that additional territory be included in 
oil lease granted him by the Trustees October 29th. 

The Trustees agreed to include the additional territory 
in the said lease if it was available. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that Dr. T. 
S. Kennedy of Milton had advised him by telephone that 
he would not be interested in securing lease for taking 
mineral sand from Santa Kosa Sound, unless a five-year 
lease could be granted, as the construction of a plant for re- 
fining the mineral would be too expensive for a shorter 
time, and making an offer of 40 cents per ton for a five-year 
lease. 

After consideration the Trustees agreed to grant the 
lease for a period of five years upon condition that the 
price of material be forty (40) cents per ton. Mr. Rich- 
ardson was directed to so advise Dr. Kennedy. 



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The Trustees having requested Mr. Richardson, Land 
Agent, to investigate the case of Levi E. Brown, colored, of 
the Everglades section, purchaser of 9.89 acres of land from 
the Trustees, Mr. Richardson reported that owing to condi- 
tions Brown would not be able to live on his land ; that he 
had sold 5 acres of the land subject to the Trustees' mort- 
gage and that the Red Cross had information that Brown 
would soon be mentally unable to look after his affairs. 

After discussion the Trustees decided to deed 5 acres of 
the land to Brown for the amount paid, allow him to re- 
convey the 4.89 acres back to the Trustees and cancel the 
mortgage. It was ordered that this procedure be carried 
out. 



Messrs. J. L. Doggett and P. Dean Duff of Southern 
Sugar Company were present and the Attorney General 
read a resolution presented by Southern Sugar Company 
relative to exchange of land with the Trustees, and the tak- 
ing over of a portion of Tatum Land Company's contract 
with the Trustees. 

After discussion, Mr. Mayo asked that action be deferred 
as he had just returned and would like to have an oppor- 
tunity of going into the matter before voting. 

I'pon motion, seconded and duly adopted, action was de- 
ferred until the meeting of the Drainage Board at West 
Palm Beach on November 7th, at which time the Trustees 
would render a decision. 



The Governor stated that he believed there were some 
parties up here interested in lands in the Everglades. 

Mr. H. J. Chapman of Okeelanta Corporation was present 
and stated that he desired to make objections to the sale 
of certain land in Pelican Lake on the ground that a por- 
tion of this land was owned by his company. 

The Governor advised Mr. Chapman that the Trustees 
were ready to hear his objections. 

Mr. Chapman : I have submitted a brief to the Trus- 
tees, setting forth my objections in detail, contending that 
1 should be entitled to the land described in our deed. 
This brief, I am advised, has been turned over to your 
counsel for an opinion. I have repeatedly tried to get a 
survey of this land but without success, f wrote Mr. El- 
liot about it and he referred my letter to Mr. Richardson, 
who replied that the survey could not be made and I could 
not get any satisfaction about the survey. I am told down 



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there that Mr. Richardson and Mr. Wallis are working to- 
gether in this land business and it is eommonly known that 
land cannot be bought except through Mr, Wallis in order 
that he can make the survey and get his per cent and that 
is the reason I could not get a survey made of that land. 

Mr. Wallis: That is a lie. 

Mr. Chapman: Well, I don't know anything but what 
I was told. Last year Mr. Richardson started to renting 
some of the land in my deed. Mr. Richardson sold some 
of this same land ; sold to parties represented by Mr. Wal- 
lis, and they said he and Mr. Richardson were benefiting 
by it personally. 

The Attorney General stated to Mr. Chapman that it 
has always been the policy of the Trustees to deal alike 
with all parties; that when land was sold where a survey 
had not been made, it was sold subject to an actual sur- 
vey on the ground and when survey was made the pur- 
chaser received acreage equal to amount paid and that the 
Trustees would not be justified in making an exception in 
his case. 

Mr. Chapman: I do not want any favors; I only want 
what I am entitled to and I am here to protest the sale 
of this land or any portion of the land that will interfere 
with my title. If the lands in the terms of my deed be- 
long to me, then I want them, if tbey_do not I do not want 
them. 

Attorney General Davis moved that Mr. Chapman's ob- 
jection be filed for consideration when the sale of the land 
is considered. 

Mr. Knott asked Mr. Chapman if his company had been 
paying taxes on the land the Trustees are contemplating 
selling. 

Mr. Chapman : We are now paying taxes on more land 
than the Trustees are conceding us. 

I am asking that the sale of these lands be cancelled and 
rescinded and that the Trustees take such action as will 
satisfactorily establish our title, so that we can handle the 
matter. 

The Trustees advised Mr. Chapman that the matter 
would be referred to counsel for opinion and report; 
whereupon Mr. Chapman asked that he be furnished with 
a copy of the report of Mr. Mcintosh in order that he 
might know whether their objections were sustained; if not 



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the only thing left for them to do would be to take the 
matter to court. 

Mr. W. T. Wallis : I consider the insinuations of this 
gentleman, in the absence of any proof, a direct insult and 
as to there being any connection in the sale of land or 
otherwise between myself and Mr. Richardson, that is false. 
Every piece of land 1 have ever bought from the State 
was purchased from this Board in open session here at 
Tallahassee. 

Mr. Chapman : I was also told that Mr. Richardson was 
offered more money for a piece of land than was paid for 
it by Mr. Wallis, but he refused to sell it, and later sold 
it to Mr. Wallis; that the land was sold to Mr. Wallis at 
$1,500.00 and the mortgage was made for $1,800.00. 

Governor Carlton : You mean by your statement that 
the State received $1,500.00 for the land and it was im- 
mediately sold for- $1,800.00. 

Mr. Chapman : My information was that $1,500 was 
paid the State and Wallis received $1,800.00. 

Mr. Davis: Who gave you that information! 

Mr. Chapman: My son wrote me that this was the 
record at West Palm Beach. 

Mr. Wallis : I made the Trustees an offer of $1,500.00 
for the land in question and immediately sold it to Sir. 
Shive at a profit, and instead of having the deed made to 
me, and I in turn making it to Shive, I requested the 
Trustees to make the deed direct to Mr. Shive and I took 
a second mortgage on the land for my profit on the sale. 
If Mr. Chapman feels that my dealings with the Trustees 
are so crooked 1 would suggest that he request the Trus- 
tees to appoint a committee to make an investigation of 
these irregularities. 

Mr. Chapman: I have no knowledge of any of these 
matters, but parties have just told me about them. 

Mr. Amos: Sir. Wallis, %vere these lands sold to you or 
to Mr. Shive? 

Mr. Wallis; The land was sold to me but I requested 
that deed be made to Mr. Shive. 

Governor Carlton; Mr. Chapman, have you any fur- 
ther complaints about the way things are handled by the 
Trustees 1 

Mr. Chapman i No sir, I only want the land I should 
have under my deed. 



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Mr. Mayo : Mr. Wallis, you state you bought this land 
from the Trustees, but the State deeded it to Mr. Shive ? 

Mr. Knott replied to Mr. Mayo, that Mr. Wallis made 
the Board an offer and the offer was accepted; that Mr. 
Wallis then turned his contract to purchase over to Mr. 
Shive, before deed had been issued, and the papers were 
made to Mr. Shive direct from the State, Mr. Wallis taking 
a second mortage from Mr. Shive. 

Mr. Wallis replied that that was the nature of the trans- 
action. 

Mr. Chapman : There is one thing further in connection 
with this sale — I understand there was an offer for more 
than Mr. Shive paid for the laud. 

Mr. Davis: Mr. Chapman, to whom was that offer 
made! 

Mr. Chapman : I only heard that such an offer was 
made. 

Mr. Davis: Mr. Chapman, we have always been under 
the impression that it is generally known over the State 
that the Trustees are the only agency through which State 
lands can be bought, and unless an offer is made to this 
Board we have no way of knowing that such offer was 
made. 

Governor Carlton: Mr. Wallis, have you ever offered 
any negotiations for the purchase of lands from the State 
or have you ever held out your services to buy lands from 
the State at a lower price than any other individual could 
buy them? 

Mr. Wallis : I have not. I have never intimated that 
I had any strings on the Board or that I could purchase 
land at a lower price than any one else. 

Governor Carlton: Mr. Wallis, is your compensation for 
services or for surveys? 

Mr. Wallis: Both. My services include making survey 
and plat of the land and preparing all pa pel's necessary. 
Thfe fact that I maintain an office in Tallahassee is a con- 
venience, in that I am in position to know when the meet- 
ings are to be held— there are times when a quorum may 
not be present and it is expensive for parties down the 
State to come to Tallahassee and run the risk of not being 
able to get a Board meeting. I have never appeared before 
the Board to purchase land for any one where a survey was 
not incident to the sale. 



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Governor Carlton : Have you ever by any statement or 
intimation given people to understand that you were the 
best method through which purchases could be made* 

Mr. Wallis: I have never represented that I could buy 
land from the State at a lower price than any other person. 
I have represented that I could Tender a service by having 
an office in Tallahassee and being familiar with the require- 
ments of the Trustees and being on the ground could keep 
in touch with matters more easily than parties down in the 
Glades. 

Governor Carlton : Have you ever made an offer to pur- 
chase land for a party and charge so much as commission? 

Mr. Wallis: No sir. I make a charge of $50.00 for my 
services, which covers cost of survey, furnishing plat and 
appearing before the Board in behalf of the client. 

Mr, Knott : Have you any partnership with Mr. Richard- 
son, Mr. Wallis? 

Mr. Wallis : None at all. 

Mr. Chapman : I wish to state that I do not know either 
Mr. Wallis or Mr. Richardson and have not the slightest 
knowledge of anything that would impeach the integrity of 
either of these gentlemen. I was told in Pahokee^by Mr. 
G. A. Hughes, that if you want to buy any land from the 
State, to go to Mr. Wallis to get it. That is current report 
down there. 

Mr. Todd : Mr. J. W. Cochran told me that Mr. Wallis 
had offered to purchase a piece of land for him for a fee 
of $200.00. 

Mr. Wallis : Mr. Cochran approached me and made a 
voluntary request that I submit a bid for him, and I did so. 

Mr. Davis: Mr. Todd, do you know of anything that has 
been said or done down there by either Mr. Wallis or Mr. 
Richardson that would lead* you to believe that they had 
the inside track on the proposition of land sales. 

Mr. Todd : No sir, we have never believed that Mr. Wallis 
had any strings on the Board. 

Governor Carlton : Has any representation ever been 
made to that effect? 

Mr. Todd: No sir. 

Mr, Chapman : The reason I referred to this matter was 
my attempt to get a correct survey of Section 17. Mr. 
Gwynn of your office was down there some time ago and 
I showed him this land and he stated that the State had 
no right to the land as it was high land. 



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Governor Carlton: This Board does not want the impres- 
sion to go out that anyone has the inside track ; any and all 
purchases of land must come through this Board. 

Governor Carlton asked if there were any others who 
wanted to make any statements — if so, the Board would he 
glad to hear them. 

Mr. W. G. Smith stated that he could make some state- 
ments and furnish affidavits. 

Governor Carlton : Then yon want to pnt yours in black 
and white. 

Mr. Smith : Yes sir, I can get affidavits and send them up. 
I wish to state that a man told me that Mr. Richardson 
promised that he would have the first opportunity to buy 
a certain piece of land from the State. 

Attorney General Davis: Who was that man? 

Mr. Smith : William Bloom. He told me that he had told 
Mr. Richardson he would like to buy that land if it was for 
sale, or when it was for sale, and Mr. Richardson told him 
he need not worry that as long as the Board's attitude was 
what it was that the man in possession had prior right to 
Buy. He said he mentioned a price he would pay for the 
land to Mr. Richardson and the price was more than Wallis 
"paid for it j that he never knew when the sale was made 
and it was a long time afterwards before he found out 
about it. Mr. Bloom told me he would make an affidavit to 
that effect. That seems to be proof that it was not handled 
right. And other deals have gone through where Wallis has 
gotten deeds when others would have paid more for the 
land. 

Mr. Knott : Who are those parties? 

Mr. Smith : One was Mr. M. T.. Langford. Then when we 
were before the Board about buying this Pelican Lake land, 
Mr. Richardson had luneh with some of our crowd and 
promised them that if they would let him have the land he 
wanted he would not oppose them in buying the land they 
wanted. I wrote a letter to the Board stating that the 
farmers wanted to withdraw application for that land as 
they were not interested in it and did not want it for their 
Company and pref erred that the Board deal direct with the 
party wanting it. We eame before the Board two or three 
times last spring and asked if any lands in Pelican Lake 
were for sale and on April 16th the Board agreed to sell 
Pelican Lake to our Company as we were all farmers in 
that section and wanted to farm the land. 



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Attorney General Davis stated that the rumor was going 
around that the company organized by the farmers did not 
intend to farm the land ; that they were going to sell it to 
the Southern Sugar Company. 

Governor Carlton asked if there had been any deal made 
with the Southern Sugar Company to take over this land. 

Mr. Smith stated that his people and Southern Sugar 
Company had always been on friendly terms and that 
Southern Sugar Company took over a majority of the acre- 
age in Pahokee Drainage District as it was saw-grass and 
could not be farmed, but he knew of no deal with them to 
sell the Pelican Lake land. 

Mr. L. L. Stuekey stated that Mr. Chapman was in favor 
of the farmers having the land if it did not belong to him. 

Mr. Mayo : Dow much of the land in Pelican Lake is 
claimed by Mr. Chapman ¥ 

Mr, Smith : I believe it is about 600 acres. 

Attorney General Davis made a motion that hereafter 
when application is made for a piece of land that the offer 
be made in writing and presented to the Trustees so that 
it can be filed. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote 
adopted. Motion was carried. 

Mr. Wallis: Mr. Smith made reference to irregularity of 
a sale to Mr. M. T. Langford. This sale covered lands in 
Sections 13 and 23 and 24, being lands along the lake and 
occupied by settlers, and at a meeting held at Pahokee by 
the Trustees, these lands were sold to the occupants, subject 
to completion of necessary surveys to establish the area 
wanted by each settler. Survey of Section 13, applied for 
by Cranford, was completed in 1924 and deeds issued, with 
the result that these people have made their payments and 
paid taxes to date, while the survey of Sections 23 and 24 
was not completed until last year, with the net result that 
these other residents enjoyed the tax free use of their land 
from 1924 until 1929 and, although the price made for these 
lands was prior to any boom time inflation, these settlers, 
through what might be termed undue preference on the 
part of the Board, received a reduction in price. ^As this 
reduced price was considerably under the actual market 
value of the land I paid a claimant of a portion of the land 
$400.00 for his rights and promptly resold the land for the 
original price and at a profit to me. I could have sold a 
thousand acres of this land at the original price before the 
reduction was made by the Trustees, 



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Governor Carlton: Mr. Richardson, would you like to 
make any statement! 

Mr. Richardson: I have nothing to say, except to deny 
any connection between Mr. Wallis and myself in the sale 
of State land, and also to state that the land in Pelican Lake 
and other lands in that vicinity were sold for less than their 
valw. 

Mr. Todd : Mr, Richardson, do you not remember making 
a statement to the Trustees as to the difference in value of 
the land bought by Mr. Wallis and that for which I asked 
reduction in price! 

Mr. Richardson : I do not remember whether I made such 
a statement or not. I have frequently been asked by the 
Trustees as to the value of lands owned by the State. 

Attorney General Davis moved that Mr. Chapman's objec- 
tions be referred to Counsel for the Trustees for prelimi- 
nary report and suggested that if Mr. Mcintosh could com- 
plete such report by the 7th instant, at which time the 
Drainage Board is to have a meeting at West Palm Beach, 
the Trustees could take the matter up and dispose of it at 
that time. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote duly 
adopted. 

Governor Carlton asked if there were any further state- 
ments or objections. 

Mr. Wallis stated that he wished to register a protest to 
the sale of Pelican Lake land to a corporation as against 
a sale at competitive bids as advertised by the Trustees, 
and also in view of the Trustees' record that he would be 
given consideration and an opportunity to bid against 
other parties when the land was offered for sale. 

Mr. Kilpatrick, a banker of Pahokee: I would like to 
say that the men present who are asking to buy this land 
are all farmers and if sold I think they should have first 
consideration; they are not buying for speculative pur- 
poses, but are actual farmers. 

Governor Carlton: It is understood, T believe, by the 
Board that the land in Pelican Lake is sold to Pelican Lake 
Farms, Inc., at the price of $50.00 per acre, subject, how- 
ever, to action on the objections of Mr. Chapman. 

Mr. Wallis: What becomes of the promise I had from 
the Board that 1 was to be given an opportunity to bid on 
this land ? 

Governor Carlton : I think the Board, in considering 
that they made an agreement with the farmers, really 
closed that chapter. 



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Mr. Wallis : The usual practice of the Board heretofore 
has been, when land is advertised for bids, that they re- 
quire bidders to guarantee a minimum bid, and my offer 
provided that I make a bid of $50.00 and $75.00 per acre 
for the land, subject to advertisement at public sale. Under 
the advertisement, I presumed that I would have an op- 
portunity to appear and if a higher bid was made I would 
have the privilege of raising that ; therefore, I object to the 
sale to this corporation without giving me the chance to 
bid as your advertisement states. 

Attorney General Davis : Mr. Wallis, you made the first 
offer for this land, I think, and then when the farmers 
came before us to buy the land, we took action on the 
ground that we were helping certain small farmers and 
sold them the land as a favor to them. 

Mr, Wallis: In the sale to the farmers then you are 
selling at a less price than could be realized at competitive 
bid, and also the land is being sold to a corporation and 
not to individual farmers. 

Governor Carlton: You raise the question that this is 
a corporation? 

Mr. Wallis j Yes, it is a corporation, but I do not base 
my objections on that fact, but the offer I made was with 
the idea of defending that bid if raised by others ; now I 
am deprived of a ehance to raise the bid of the corpora- 
tion. 

Governor Carlton : I think this matter has been closed 
and as the Board understood that the land had been sold 
to the farmers, I see no occasion for further hearing. 

The Trustees agreed that the matter would be held in 
abeyance until the meeting at West Palm Beach on the 
7th, at which time Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, would present 
his opinion as to the objection of Mr, Chapman, and final 
action could be taken. 



Financial Statement for the month of October was pre- 
sented and ordered placed of record: 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR OCTOBER, 1929 

RECEIPTS 

Balance in Fund October 1, 1929 . $142,724.85 

Interest on deposits in banks for 
quarter ending September 30, 
1929 1,131.81 



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From land sales under Ch. 9131, 

Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 

Acts of 1925 11,236.38 

Sale of sand, shell and gravel... 385.92 

Cash bond — Dickens & Shirey 

in re shell lease 1,000.00 

Tax on oil lease 236.16 

Check 7913 (Capital City Bank) 

cancelled ; refund by Peter H. 

Miller 100.00 

Prom land sales ($6,491.01) less 

25% to State School Fund 

($1,622.75) 4,868.26 

$161,683.38 
Less Disbursements 3,151.11 

Balance on hand November 1, 

1929 $158,532.27 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 157,532.27 

$158,532.27 
BALANCES IN BANKS NOVEMBER 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Pla $ 36,665.12 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Pla 5,888.57 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 65,467.02 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 17,585.79 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 10,859.80 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 10,511.45 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, . 

Fla 7,436.42 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 2,118.10 

Capital City Bank — Special ac- 
count 1,000.00 

$157,532.27 



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DISBURSEMENTS 

Date Check 

1929 No. In Favor of : Amount 

Oct. 2, 7914 A. O. Henderson $ 367.00 

9, 7915 Southern Telephone & Constr. 

Co. 4.25 

7916 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co.... .33 

7917 Western Union Telegraph Co. 3.38 

7918 Arteraft Printers 3.25 

7919 Railway Express Agency 1.42 

7920 H. & W. B. Drew Company.. 154.40 

7921 M. C. Mcintosh 54.40 

7922 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 3.10 

7923 Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C... 2.25 

7924 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 1.75 

7925 Cancelled. 

7926 The Clearwater Sun 15.75 

23, 7927 Stapp, Gonrley, Vining & 

Ward 100.00 

30, 7928 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

7929 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7930 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

7931 A. C. Bridges ., 80.00 

7932 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

7933 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

7934 Hattie Bell 83.33 

7935 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

7936 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

7937 A. R. Richardson 698.95 

7938 Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C... 1.75 

7939 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C ' 3.60 

7940 W. II. May, Postmaster 76.36 

7941 C. B, Gwynn 300.00 



$ 3,151.11 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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West Palm Beach, Florida, November 7, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date at the Pennsylvania Hotel at West Palm Beach. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner oi' Agriculture. 

Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, having reported to the 
Trustees on objections filed by H. J. Chapman to the sale 
of certain land in Pelican Lake, advising that the State had 
authority to sell the land under the law, it was ordered that 
the action of the Trustees on November 5th, be ratified and 
affirmed and the sale of lands in Pelican Lake to Pelican 
Lake Farms at a price of $50.00 per acre be consummated. 



Request of Southern Sugar Company for exchange of ap- 
proximately 11,000 acres of land owned by said Company 
for certain other lands owned by the Trustees, which re- 
quest was presented October 29th and November 5th, was 
again brought up for consideration. Attorney General 
Davis moved the adoption of the following resolution : - 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, The Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund are authorized by Chapter 8525, Laws of Florida, 
Acts of 1921, to exchange lands owned by them for other 
lands where such exchange would result in a blocking up 
of ownership advantageous to the Trustees; and 

WHEREAS, The Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund are of the opinion that the exchange of lands herein- 
after described will be advantageous to the Internal Im- 
provement Fund ; that the same will promote the settlement 
and cultivation of the land; that it will encourage agricul- 
ture and especially the development of the sugar industry 
in Florida on which Southern Sugar Company, a party to 
this exchange, is engaged on a large scale in the Everglades ; 
Now, Therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, By the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the State of Florida, in regular meeting 
assembled : 



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1. That the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
of the State of Florida, for and on behalf of said Trustees, 
and by and under the advice of their Attorney, are hereby 
authorized, empowered and directed, that upon delivery to 
them of a deed conveying the usual merchantable title in 
the Everglades, to the sections of land hereinafter described 
and now owned by the Southern Sugar Company and its 
associates, forthwith in exchange therefor, to execute and 
deliver to the Southern Sugar Company a deed conveying 
the usual merchantable title in the Everglades, signed by 
said Trustees to the sections of land hereinafter described. 

2. That the lands to be deeded by the Southern Sugar 
Company and its associates to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund are described as follows: 

HENDRY COUNTY 

In Township 44 South, Range 33 East : Acres 

Section 14, All , 643.52 

Section 22, All 645.13 

In Township 45 South, Range 34 East: 

Section 7, All 646.78 

Section 8, All 645.28 

Section 18, All 646.90 

PALM BEACH COUNTY 

In Township 45 South, Range 35 East: 

Section 20, All . - 640.00 

Section 22, East 3.97 Acres of Tract 119 and 

Tracts 120 to 128, inel , 48.97 

Section 24, All 640.12 

Section 28, Tracts 1 to 46 inch, 49. 51 to 64 
inel., 69 to 91 inel., 94 to 98 inch, 101 to 125 

incl 570.00 

Section 30, All 640.00 

Section 32, All 639.84 

In Township 46 South, Range 35 East : 

Section 2, All 640.00 

Section 4, All 640.00 

Section 6, All 640.08 

Section 8, All 640.00 

Section 10, All • 640.00 

Section 12, All 639.28 

8—1. I. F. 



In Township 45 South, Range 36 East: 
All of Sections 23 and 24 lying west of North 
New River Canal, except Tracts 3, 6 and 7 



444.00 
10,689.90 



That the lands to be deeded by the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund to the Southern Sugar Company 
shall consist of the following : 

PALM BEACH COUNTY 

In Township 43 South, Range 35 East : Acres 

Section 30, All 640.00 

In Township 44 South, Range 35 East: 
Section 15, Sy 2 and NW% and Wi/ 4 of Wy 2 

of NE14 less Miami Canal R/W 483.60 

Section 27, Ny, and Ny 2 of S% 455.70 

Section 35, N% of NEy 4 and NEy 4 of NWy 4 

(Or Lots 1 to 7 inc.) less Miami Canal R/W 119.61 

In Township 44 South, Range 36 East : 

Section 7, W% of NE14 and SEV 4 (Less RR 
R/W) . . . . 7. 240.00 

In Township 42 South, Range 37 East: 

Section 11, Lots 1 and 2, Elliot Sub-Division. . 18.62 

In Township 43 South, Range 37 East : 
Section 21, N% of NE14 and SEy 4 of NB% 
and N1/2 of SW14 of NE14 140 00 

In Hiatus Between Townships 43 and 44 South, 
Range 37, East : 
Blocks 1, 2, 3, and Lots 1 to 6 inel. of Block 4 607.29 

In Hiatus Between Ranges 36 and 37 East, Town- 
ship 44 South : 
Lots 3 to 6 inel 631.10 

In Township 44 South, Range 37 East : 

Section 15, NW% and W% of SWy 4 239.58 

Section 19, Sy, and NEy 4 and SE14 of NWy 4 520.00 
Section 31, All 640.00 

In Township 42 South. Range 38 East : 

Section 1, All 636.40 

Section 3, All 633.92 

Section 5, All 636.08 

Section 9, All 640.00 

Seetion 15, All 640.00 

Section 17. Ey, 320,00 



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Section 33, All 640.00 

In Township 44 South, Range 38 East: 
Section 29, All South and West of Hillsboro 

Canal 622.80 

Section 32, All 640.00 

Section 33, All South and West of Hillsboro 

Canal 545.20 

Total 10,689.90 

Also that the following lands of Southern Sugar Com- 
pany and its associates be deeded to the Trustees Internal 
Improvement Fund: 

In Township 44 South, Range 37 East : 

Section 3, All North of Hillsboro Canal 359.44 

In Township 45 South, Range 38 East : 

Seetion 15, SV 2 of Wy 2 of NWi/ 4 and W% of 
of Ey 2 of NWy 4 and Wy, of Wi/. of B% 
of NW*4 450.00 



809.44 



And the following lauds of the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund to be deeded to Southern Sugar Company : 
In Township 42 South, Range 38 East : 

Section 7, B$| 305.10 

Seetion 19, All ', 610.67 



915.67 



The exchange last above enumerated shall be without 
reference to Section 4 hereof. 

3. That the aforesaid deeds be executed and delivered 
with all convenient speed. 

4. That it is understood and agreed that while deeds shall 
pass between the parties- — the Trustees and the Sugar Com- 
pany — in the usual form carrying out this ^exchange of 
lands, nevertheless it is covenanted and agreed that as pari 
of the consideration for said exchange by the Trustees, shall 
be the building of another sugar mill in the Everglades, in 
the vicinity of Canal Point, by the Sugar Company and 
that the same shall be ready for operation on or before 
January 1st, 1932, and that said mill shall be of at least 
2,500 tons eane capacity per day s and will be thereafter put 



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into practical operation and kept in practical operation for 
a period of five years after completion of construction, un- 
avoidable interruptions and interruptions or suspensions 
through providential causes, excepted, during the customary 
eane grinding seasons of each of said years. 

This covenant shall be deemed and held to be a covenant 
which shall run with the land conveyed by the Trustees 
under this resolution. 

It is likewise understood and agreed, as a part of the con- 
sideration for the conveyance by the Sugar Company to 
the Trustees, that should the Sugar Company default in 
performing the covenant hereinbefore set forth, and as a 
result thereof the Trustees become reinvested with the title 
to the lands conveyed to the Sugar Company under this ex- 
change of lands, then the Trustees shall be bound to reeon- 
vey to the Sugar Company or its assigns the land conveyed 
to the Trustees by the Sugar Company under this exchange 
qf lands. 

This shall also be deemed and held to be a covenant 
which shall run with the land conveyed by the Sugar Com- 
pany to the Trustees. 

Unless claim in writing for non- performance of covenants 
is made by the Trustees on or before January 1, 1938, these 
reciprocal covenants shall expire by limitation. 

Resolution was adopted and Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel for 
Trustees, and the attorney for Southern Sugar Company 
were requested to take the necessary steps to have the trans- 
fer of the lands perfected. 



Southern Sugar Company having on October 29th and 
November 5th, 1929, requested the Trustees to allow them 
to take over the contract of Tatum Land Company, as to a 
certain portion of the lands in the original purchase, upon 
a discussion of the subject the Trustees adopted the follow- 
ing resolution; 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, It appears that on the 24th day of Sep. 
tember, A. D. 1917, the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund of the State of Florida did accept from the 
Tatum Land Company, a corporation then doing business 
under the laws of the State of Florida, having its resi- 
dence and main office at Miami, Florida, a certain mort- 
gage deed, securing the payment of certain moneys there- 
under, the same being a purchase price mortgage upon 



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lands situate in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties, 
and it appearing that the said Tatum Land Company is 
in default under the terms, covenants and agreements of 
said mortgage; and 

WHEREAS, It has been represented to the Trustees 
Internal Improvement Fund that the Tatum Land Com- 
pany has consented, or will consent, so far as the lands 
hereinafter described are concerned, that the Southern 
Sugar Company acquire title thereto from it and secure 
releases from the operation of the said mortgage under a 
separate contract to be entered into between the said 
Southern Sugar Company and the said Trustees; and 

WHEREAS, The said Southern Sugar Company de- 
sires to purchase Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Fractional Sec- 
tion 20, Fractional Section 28 and Section 32 of Town- 
ship 43 South, Range 35 East, Palm Beach County, which 
said lands were included in the mortgage deed hereinabove 
referred to and for the purchase of said lands the South- 
ern Sugar Company offers to pay the said Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund the same price for said lands 
at which they were to be released under the mortgage to 
said Tatum Land Company; Now, Therefore 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, that upon 
satisfactory proof being exhibited to the Trustees to the 
effect that the Southern Sugar Company has acquired all 
rights, title and interest of the Tatum Land Company in 
and to the aforesaid described lands, that the Trustees 
forthwith furnish to the said Southern Sugar Company a 
full and complete abstract of title to said lands above de- 
scribed, and that upon approval of the title to said lands 
by the attorney of Southern Sugar Company, that the 
Trustees release from the operation of the aforesaid mort- 
gage the said lands above described upon compliance with 
a contract to be drawn and executed by the Sugar Com- 
pany and the Trustees, staling the following terms, con- 
ditions, covenants and agreements to be performed by the 
Southern Sugar Company, to-wit: 

FIRST : That the Southern Sugar pay all back taxes. 

SECOND : That the release price from the operation of 
said mortgage shall be approximately $74,000.00, the exact 
amount of which shall be stated in the contract to be en- 



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tered into and shall be determined on the following basis: 
On acreage of said described lands that is within one mile 
from Lake Okeechobee, to-wit: All Fractional Section 20 
and all Fractional Section 28 and 68 acres in the North- 
east Quarter of Section 32, shall be released upon the pay- 
ment of $100.00 per acre, and all acreage of said described 
lands that is farther than one mile from said Lake Okee- 
chobee, to-wit : All Section 32, except 68 acres described 
above, shall be released upon the payment of $7.00 per 
acre. 

THIRD: That $10,000.00 cash be paid upon the sign- 
ing of said contract and that the balance of the release 
price shall be approximately as follows: 

(a) $16,000.00 cash one year from contract date. 

(b) $16,000.00 cash two years from contract date. 

(c) $16,000.00 cash three years from contract date. 

(d) Balance of release price four years from contract 
date. All deferred payments to bear interest at the rate of 
six per cent per annum until paid. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Cha it-man . 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, November 12, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present: 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secret ary presented letter from J, N. Lummus, Tax 
Assessor of Dade County, relative to submerged lands in 
Biscayne Bay deeded by the Trustees in 1925 by Deed No. 
17274- A and held under mortgage. 

The Secretary reported that these lands have not been 
assessed since that time and the Tax Assessor desires in- 
structions in the premises. 



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Mr, Amos moved that the lands be placed on the insol- 
vency list for this year. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon 
vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from G. S, Roberts of 
Fort Myers, Florida, advising that he purchased 40 acres 
of land in Section 34, Township 39 South, Range 33 East, 
from S. W. Lawler, when the land he thought he was buy- 
ing and on which he has made improvements is one mile 
from his actual purchase in Section 35 owned by the State. 
Mr. Roberts requests that the Trustees exchange the 40 
acres in Section 35, owned by the State on which he has 
made improvements, for the 40 acres in Section 34 which 
he actually purchased from Mr. Lawler. 

The Trustees directed that the matter be investigated and 
information secured as to amount of improvements on the 
State land, and other facts in the case. Action was de- 
ferred nntil a later date. 



Advertisement for sale of land on November 5th, applied 
for by E. P. Green and postponed until this date, was 
brought up for disposition. No objections being filed or 
presented, the sale was consummated to Mr. E, P. Green 
of Bradenton, conveying 4.5 acres of land in Section 10. 
Township 35 South, Range 16 East, Manatee County. 



The Secretary presented letter from Stapp, Gourley, Vin- 
ing & Ward of Miami, representing clients, requesting to be 
advised of the wishes of the Trustees in the matter of certifi- 
cates held by their clients, issued for non-payment of drain- 
age taxes and since which purchase other certificates have 
been issued and the land passed into the hands of the Trus- 
tees, title vesting in them subject to the prior certificates 
above mentioned. 

The Trustees directed that the matter be referred to Mr. 
Mcintosh. Counsel, for attention and report. 



A letter ^as presented from Hawthorne & Burton of 
Miami, relative to leasing land in Biscayne Bay on which 
their client, Mr. Burney, desires to erect a boat works, and 
offering $25.00 per acre per year for a 20-year lease. 

The matter was ordered held over for further considera- 
tion and information. 



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A resolution was presented from Glades County Board 
of Commissioners, requesting that additional time be al- 
lowed the Lakeport settlers within whieh to make payment 
on land, setting forth that these parties had sustained con- 
siderable losses on account of high water. 

The Secretary was directed to advise the Board of Glades 
County that the parties would be given all consideration 
possible. 



Glades County Board of County Commissioners sent up a 
resolution dated November 4th, rescinding former resolu- 
tion of October 16th, relative to State Road No. 29. 

The resolution was accepted and approved, and the Sec- 
retary directed to thank Glades County Board for their 
action. 



Mr. T. W. Conley of Okeechobee, who purchased 126.40 
acres of land in Section 19, Township 38 South, Range 35 
East, in 1925, for which he paid $30.00 and $50.00 per acre, 
and on which he has made two payments, requests the Trus- 
tees to allow him to reconvey 31.6 acres of the land and then 
purchase the reconveyed portion from the Trustees at $15.00 
per aere. 

After consideration and in view of the fact that the land 
was purchased at a very reasonable price, Mr. Mayo moved 
that Mr. Conley be given an extension of one year on the 
principal provided the interest was paid. Seconded by Mr. 
Knott and upon vote adopted. The Land Department was 
directed to so advise Mr. Conley. 



Hull, Landis & Whitehair, attorneys for the City of New 
Smyrna, made application for a quit -claim deed to a small 
island in front of upland property of the City, to be used 
for public purposes. 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. G. I. 
Fullerton of New Smyrna, advising that he would withdraw 
his application for the island in front of the City of New 
Smyrna, provided the land was used for the purpose of a 
yacht club. 

Upon motion of Mr. Mayo, seconded by Mr. Davis and 
upon vote adopted, the Trustees agreed to convey the island 
to New Smyrna for city purpose only, upon payment of 
$10.00 — the island to revert to the Trustees if used for other 
than public purposes. 



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The Land Department presented letter from Mr. A. O. 
Henderson, relative to contract for sale of land in Volusia 
County, which was being held pending investigation of a 
bird sanctuary. 

The Trustees directed that information be gotten from 
the Game Commissioner of Florida as to whether or not this 
land was being held as a bird reservation, and if not the 
contract with Mr. Henderson to be forwarded to him. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla $ 3.98 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla 2.82 

Southern Telephone & Const. Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 4.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 5.26 

The Bradenton Publishing Co., Bradenton, Fla 12.75 

Typewriter Service Co., Tallahassee, Fla 1.50 

The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla. . . . 13.50 

W. T. Oliver, C. C. C, Punta Gorda, Fla 4.35 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla. . . 3.30 



$51.51 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, November 19, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secretary presented description prepared by Mr. 
Charles E. Pierce, covering land which the Trustees had 
agreed to advertise for bids and objections. The Board 
directed that the Chief Drainage Engineer check the de- 
scription and forward notiee to a Miami newspaper for 
publication. 



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The Secretary presented form of Mussel Shell lease to be 
granted to Messrs. Dickens and Shirey of Wewahitchka, 
reporting that a cash bond of $1,000.00 had been received, 
but calling attention to the fact that Dickens & Shirey 
desired the lease to run indefinitely. The Trustees directed 
the Secretary to advise Dickens & Shirey that they would 
grant & 10-year lease provided a button factory was con- 
structed within 3 years in the vicinity of the territory un- 
der lease, and -would also agree to extend the lease for an 
additional period of 5 years at the end of the 10-year 
lease, if mutually agreeable. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. Vernon Price- 
Williams, requesting the Trustees to assign oil lease held 
by him to Coast -to-Coast Finance Corporation. The 
Trustees agreed to grant the request and the Secretary was 
directed to advise Mr. Price-Williams to file the necessary 
papers. 



Application was presented from Port Everglades Oil & 
Gas Company for an oil lease, without any consideration. 

The Trustees directed the Secretary to advise said com- 
pany that lease would be granted upon the same terms and 
conditions as other oil leases. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, November 26, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo. Commissioner of Agriculture. 

. The minutes of the Trustees of November 5th, 12th and 
19th, presented and approved. 



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Messrs. Dickens & Shi rev of Wewahitchka presented ap- 
plication for Mussel Lease on Suwannee, Ochloeknee, 
Choctawhatehee, Yellow and Escambia Rivers, and their 
tributaries, for a term of three years. 

Upon discussion, Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees 
grant the lease on the above named rivers for a term of 
three years upon the condition that the lessee will construct 
and put into operation a button factory at a cost of not 
less than one hundred thousand ($100,000.00) to be com- 
pleted within one year, with the privilege of renewing 
lease. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Dickens requested that two leases be drawn to cover 
the five rivers. The Trustees decided that it would be 
more satisfactory to have only one lease on the entire ter- 
ritory! with a minimum royalty on each river of $25.00 
per month. It was so ordered, and the Secretary directed 
to prepare lease for approval and execution. 



Mr. Tom Norfleet of Miami made application to pur- 
chase an additional 13.15 acres on the north end of tract 
purchased by him in Entry No. 18071, both tracts being 
in Section 26, Township 43 South, Range 36 East, Palm 
Beach County. 

Motion was made by Mr. Mayo to sell the 13.15 acres to 
Mr. Norfleet at a price of $50.00 per acre eash. Seconded 
by Mr. Davis, and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Norfleet asked that he be given about three weeks 
in which to raise the money, as he had not anticipated pay- 
ing all cash. The Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Norfleet 
until January 1, 1930 to close the transaction. 



The Secretary presented executed oil lease from Mr. Ben 
Shepard of the Milrod Company, together with check for 
$739.20 as first quarterly payment of taxes on the land 
covered by lease. The Trustees executed the lease and 
directed that one copy be forwarded to Mr. Shepard and 
one copy retained for the Trustees. 

The Secretary presented proposed contract between 
Trustees Internal Improvement Fund and Orange Lake 
Muck Farms Company, for the sale of certain lands in 
Orange Lake in Alachua County, and the following con- 
tract was executed and Counsel directed to forward to Mr. 
W. A, Shands for signature by his company : 



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AGREEMENT 

THIS AGREEMENT, Made and executed in duplicate, 
this 26th dav of November, A. D. 1929, bv and between the 
undersigned" TRUSTEES OP THE INTERNAL IM- 
PROVEMENT FUND OP THE STATE OP FLORIDA, 
under an Act of the General Assembly of said State, en- 
titled "AN ACT to Provide for and Encourage a Liberal 
System of Internal Improvements in this State, ' ' approved 
January 6, 1855, hereinafter called the VENDORS wher- 
ever the context so requires or admits, and ORANGE 
LAKE MUCK FARMS COMPANY, a corporation under 
the laws of Florida, whose principal place of business and 
whose permanent post office address is Gainesville, Florida, 
hereinafter called the PURCHASER wherever the eontext 
so requires or admits. 

WITNESSETH: 

1. That in consideration of the sum of Ten Thousand 
Dollars ($10,000.00), lawful money of the United States 
to be paid by the Purchaser to the Vendors in the manner 
hereinafter provided, and of the mutual and reciprocal 
covenants and conditions of said parties hereto hereinafter 
contained, the Vendors agree to sell and convey to the 
Purchaser, by good and sufficient deed, for the price and 
upon the terms and conditions herein set forth, and the 
Purchaser agrees to purchase from the Vendors at such 
priee and upon such terms and conditions, the lands in 
Alachua County, Florida, described as follows, to-wit: 

That part of the bottom of ORANGE LAKE 
lying in Alachua County, all being unsurveyed 
land and lying in Township 12 South, and in 
Range 22 East, described as follows, to-wit : 

All of SE14 of Section 1, except Gov't Lots 9 
and 10; all of Ey 2 of Section 12, except Gov't 
Lots 1 and 6; all of Section 13, except Gov't Lots 

1 and 2 ; all of Section 14, except Gov 't Lots 1, 

2 and 3 ; all of the Ey 2 of Section 15, except Gov't 
Lots 1 and 2; all of the W/ 3 of Section 22, except 
Gov 't Lot 5, and except those parts of Gov 't Lots 
4 and 6 lying east of the half section line ; all of 
Section 23, except Gov't Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 
8 and 9; and all the Ny> of Section 24, except 
Gov't Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

Containing 2,174.2 acres, more or less, as shown 
by plat hereto attached. 



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2. That the Purchaser hereby covenants and agrees to 
purchase said lands and to pay to the Vendors therefor 
the sura of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), of which 
the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) has 
been paid in cash by the Purchaser to the Vendors before 
the execution of this contract, receipt whereof is hereby 
acknowledged, and the remainder of which is payable on 
or before three years after date, in three annual instal- 
ments of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) 
each, payable in one, two and three years, respectively, 
from date hereof. Said deferred payments shall bear in- 
terest thereon at the rate of six per cent (6% ) per annum 
from date of this contract until paid, said interest being 
payable annually. 

3. That the Vendors are duly authorized and em- 
powered, and have full power and authority to sell and 
convey said lands hereinabove described by virtue of that 
certain Act of the Legislature of Florida, designated as 
Chapter 13669 and approved June 7, 1929. 

4. That it is understood and agreed that said lands 
hereinabove described are periodically overflowed and too 
wet for cultivation ; that it is the intention of the Pur- 
chaser to drain the waters from over the surface of said 
lands by means of a system of ditches, levees, and spill- 
ways, and it is mutually covenanted and agreed by and 
between the Vendors and the Purchaser, that the Pur- 
chaser may at any time, so long as the Purchaser is not 
in default hereunder, and at any place or places construct 
upon or across said lands any ditch or ditches, levee or 
levees, and spillways, of such character, strength and 
dimensions and so constructed, maintained and operated 
as to maintain the normal water level of Orange Lake west 
of the lands herein contracted to be conveyed. That if 
more than one system of ditches, levees or spillways are 
to be constructed, then the first unit of such system shall 
be fully completed entirely across the bottom of said Or- 
ange Lake and upon the shores of the same before begin- 
ning any drainage work which will enlarge the outlet of 
Orange Lake or permit the waters from said lake to escape 
through the existing outlet more rapidly than under exist- 
ing natural conditions. 

5. That upon the execution of this contract the Pur- 
chaser shall have the right to enter into, take and retain 



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possession of the above described property and build and 
construct any ditches, levees and improvements as herein- 
above mentioned, and any other and further improve- 
ments as it may desire to make, so long as the Purchaser 
shall not be in default in respect to any of the payments 
or covenants of this contract subject, however, to the con- 
ditions herein mentioned. * 

6. That upon tbe completion of any ditch or ditehes, 
levee or levees, or spillways, or other drainage works, as 
hereinabove provided in Paragraph 4, which said works 
shall drain or cause to be drained any substantial part or 
parts of the above described lands ,the Vendors shall, upon 
request of the Purchaser, convey by their good and suf- 
_fieient deed all of said lands 1 so drained and not thereto- 
fore conveyed to the Purchaser pursuant to this contract, 
provided that said Purchaser, before or at the time of the 
execution of said deed of conveyance, shall have paid to 
the Vendors on account of this contract and the purchase 
price of the above described lands, in addition to the sum 
of Twenty-five Hundred Dollars ($2500.00) already paid, 
an amount or amounts in money which shall equal Five 
Dollars ($5.00) per acre for all of said lands so requested 
to be deeded and conveyed ; provided, however, that if the 
Purchaser elects to exercise his option under this para- 
graph, the payment or payments made by him in so doing 
shall apply to such extent as such payments represent that 
part or all of the annual instalment of Twenty-five Hun- 
dred Dollars ($2500.00) as set forth under paragraph 
Two ; and provided further, that upon the payment of 
the total purchase price of said lands as required by this 
contract said Vendors shall by their good and sufficient 
deed of conveyance, convey the entire balance of the above 
described lands not already conveyed to said Purchaser. 
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that any conveyance hereunder 
shall be subject to the conditions that within three years 
the purchaser shall, upon or across the lands herein con- 
tracted to be conveyed, construct and maintain the neces- 
siiry levee or levees with spillway to insure against any of 
its operations changing the normal water level of Orange 
Lake west of the area herein contracted to be conveyed, 
the location of sueh levee or levees to be selected by the 
Purchaser, and such levee or levees and spillway to be of 
such character, strength and dimensions as will prevent 
any change in the ordinary water level or levels of Orange 



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- Lake over that part lying west of the tract hereby con- 
tracted to be conveyed ; and the said Purchaser and its 
successors and assigns shall not alter or change the normal 
water level of Orange Lake west of said area, contracted to 
be conveyed by any constructions, developments or opera- 
tions whatsoever. For the purpose of this provision the 
average or normal water level or Orange Lake shall be 

1 determined by the Trustees Internal Improvement Fond, 
whose decision on such matter shall be final. 

7. That the Purchaser shall at all times be responsible 
v for, and protect and save harmless the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, from 
any and all damage or damages caused or sustained by thp 
erection and construction of any levees or dikes, or im- 
provements hereinabove mentioned, or the construction, 
maintenance and operation of any works whatsoever, or 
anything arising under this agreement or any deed issued 
thereunder. Any deed or deeds of conveyance when made 
by the Trustees shall be considered a part of this contract 
and subject to all the conditions of this contract as to the 
works to be constructed and the regulation of water levels, 
in such manner as to leave undisturbed all that portion of 
Orange Lake lying west of the lands herein contracted 
to be conveyed, and the conditions hereof shall be of con- 
tinuing effect as to such deed or deeds and shall follow 
the lands covered by such deed or deeds without reference 
to ownership. 

8. That if the Purchaser shall fail or refuse to make 
any of the deferred payments on account of the purchase 
price of the above described lands as hereinabove provided, 
and such non-payment, failure, refusal or default shall 
continue for a period of sixty (60) days, or if the Pur- 
chaser shall fail within three years from the date hereof 
to construct across said lands, at any location east of the 
western boundary of said lands, a levee or levees and spill- 
way or spillways of such character, strength and dimen- 
sions as will prevent any change in the ordinary water 
level or levels of Orange Lake over that part lying west of 
the tract hereby contracted to be conveyed, then the Ven- 
dors may at their election declare this contract terminated 
and at an end, and in that event this contract shall forth- 
with and thereby be terminated and forfeited upon thirty 
(30) days' notice in writing to the Purchaser from the 



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Vendors of such election, and the Vendors shall thereupon 
retain and keep as liquidated and stipulated damages, and 
not as a penalty, all payments and money then or thereto- 
fore paid by the Purchaser under and pursuant to this 
contract, and in such event said Purchaser shall forthwith, 
upon sixty (60) days' notice in writing from the Vendors, 
quit and surrender possession of said premises, all and 
singular, to the Vendors, and the Vendors shall have the 
right to re-enter and take possession of said lands and all 
improvements thereon and possess themselves of their 
former estate therein. 

9. The Purchaser will not, without the previous license 
in writing of the Vendors or their successors in office, 
assign this contract or the rights thereunder or any part 
thereof. 

10. The obligations and benefits under this contract shall 
extend to the successors and assigns of the respective par- 
ties hereto. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said parties have exe- 
cuted this instrument in duplicate the day and year first 
above written. 



DOYLE C. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO, 
Commisisoner of Agriculture. 
As and constituting the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the 
State of Florida. 



Signed, sealed and delivered 
in the presence of : 
JENTYE DEDGE. 
F. C. ELLIOT. 

As to Trustees of Internal 
Improvement Fund. 



IRENE R. LONG. 
J. R. DRIVER. 
As to Orange Lake Muck 
Farms Company, 



ORANGE LAKE MUCK 

FARMS COMPANY, 
By W. A. SHANDS, 

Its President. 
ATTEST : 

Catherine H. Shands, 
Its Secretary. 



241 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. A. P. Walters, 
City Clerk of Hialeah, relative to cancellation of Ever- 
glades Drainage District tax certificates against certain 
lands owned by the city. 

The Trustees ordered the matter referred to Mr. Mc- 
intosh, Counsel, with direction that he advise Mr. Walters 
of the law governing these matters. 



The Secretary presented letter from Church Properties, 
Inc., relative to taxes due on land on which the Trustees 
hold mortgage from R. G. Holgate, purchaser from the 
Trustees, and setting forth the amount of taxes due for 
the years 1927, 1928 and 1929. 

The Trustees directed that the letter be referred to Mr. 
Bay less of the Land Department for checking and infor- 
mation. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. A. O. Hender- 
son of Miami, requesting that the Trustees advertise a por- 
tion of the land on which he holds contract to purchase. 
Report being made that it would be necessary to have maps 
and plats showing location of the land, Trustees directed 
the Secretary to advise Mr. Henderson that upon receipt 
of the necessary maps and plats advertisement would be 
published. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. M. C. Mcin- 
tosh, Counsel, relative to redemption of Drainage Tax Cer- 
tificates referred to in letter from Stapp, Gourley, Vining 
& Ward, attorneys of Miami, to Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture Mayo, in which he advised that lands which had been 
previously sold for non-payment of drainage taxes, and 
for which unredeemed tax certificates were outstanding, 
should not be again advertised and sold for such taxes. Mr. 
Mcintosh suggested that the Trustees either assign the 
certificates held by them to clients of Stapp, Gourley, "Vin- 
ing & Ward, or cancel the same upon payment of amount 
necessary for redemption of such certificates. 

The Land Department presented application from Frede 
Aunapu, to take up the claim of his father, John Aunapu, 
deceased, and submitting check for the one-fourth cash 
payment; the land being 75.90 acres in Section 26, Town- 
ship 43 South, Range 36 East, and a price of $50.00 per 
acre having been placed on the land. 



242 

Mr. Amos moved that the claim of John Aimapu to the 
above land be assigned to Prede Aunapu and his mother, 
Liisa Aunapu, and that they be allowed to carry out the 
arrangement made with John Aunapu. Seconded by Mr. 
Mayo, and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented telegram from A. J. 
Dozier of Ritta Farms and Improvement Company, rela- 
tive to matter which he presented to the Trustees October 
29th, requesting adjustment on purchase from the Trustees. 

After discussion the Trustees directed the Land Depart- 
ment to advise Mr. Dozier that they would not be justified 
in making any adjustment on this transaction, as the pur- 
chase was made in 1922, and the price for which the land 
sold was very reasonable, but if so desired, the Trustees 
would allow Ritta Farms and Improvement Company to 
reconvey that portion of the land not paid for and cancel 
mortgage on acreage equivalent to payments made. 



The Land Department presented letter from Curley, 
Fisher and Tan Meter, representing Mrs. Alta F. Dwan, 
requesting the Trustees to deed their client land equal to 
the amount paid on the purchase of the Ei/i of Lot 19, 
Section 13, Township 43 South, Range 36 East ; said pay- 
ment being $375.00 on a basis of $150.00 per acre. 

Mr, Mayo made the motion that the Trustees comply 
with request of attorneys for Mrs. Dwan, upon condition 
that all taxes are paid on the land to be conveyed to the 
State and evidence that no encumbrance is outstanding. 
Seconded by Attorney General Davis and upon vote motion 
adopted. 



Application was presented from Paul H. Brinson, attor- 
ney for the Town of Gulf port, requesting the Trustees to 
sell 19.85 acres of submerged land lying in Section 33, 
Township 31 South, Range 16 East, Pinellas County, in 
front of upland property of the city, and offering $50.00 
per acre. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees sell the land to the 
Town of Gulfport at a price of $50.00 per acre, upon re- 
ceipt of evidence that the city owns the upland and that 
the land will be used for public purposes only. Seconded 
by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



243 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. J. B. 
Hodges of Lake City, making offer of $100 00 for the Trus- 
tees' mortgage in the sum of $350.00 ; the land being the 
SE14 of NE14 o£ Section 8, Township 1 South, Range 16 
East, Hamilton County, originally sold to Paul Camp 
August 4, 1926, at a price of $17.50 per acre. A payment 
of $350.00 was made fay Mr. Camp on the purchase. 

Upon motion of Mr. Amos, seconded and duly adopted, 
the Trustees declined the offer of Mr. Hodges, but sub- 
mitted the proposition that if Mr. Hodges would pay the 
principal and interest of the mortgage, the Trustees would 
foreclose their mortgage and deed the land to his client. 
The Land Department was directed to so advise Mr. Hodges. 



Mr. Bayless of the Land Department presented tax state- 
ment from Dade County, giving amount due for drainage 
taxes on State lands. 

The Trustees directed that the taxes be paid before 
November 30th in order to take advantage of the 4% 
allowed. 



The Trustees requested the Secretary' to have the Tax 
Department segregate the taxes as to Flood Control and 
Everglades Drainage District on State owned lands in the 
Everglades Drainage District. 



The Trustees having on November 12th agreed to sell 
submerged land to the City of New Smyrna, the following 
notice was ordered placed in the DeLand Sun News : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, November 26, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Interna) 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will hold a 
meeting at 10 o'clock A. M. December 31, A. D. 1929, at 
Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following described 
submerged land in VOLUSIA County, Florida: 

Commencing at a point in the east line of the 
right-of-way of the Volusia County Highway, 
known as the North Causeway, in the City of New 
Smyrna, Florida, where the meander line bearing 
North 22 degrees, 45' West, 322' intersects said 
East line of said right-of-way ; 



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Thence north 51 degrees 10' East along said 
East line, 930 feet ; 

Thence south 38 degrees 50' east, 376 feet to the 
point of beginning; 

Thence meandering the shore of North Island 
south 21 degrees, 10' west, 90 feet; 

Thence south 4 degrees 22' east 110 feet to a 
monument of the U. S. General Land Office Sur- 
vey marked "A. M. C. T. 17 S. R. 34 E. S.17- 
1927"; 

Thence South 13 degrees 03' East, 125 feet; 
Thence North 46 degrees 47' East, 69 feet ; 
Thence North 30 degrees East, 91 feet ; 
Thence North 25 degrees 25' East, 171 feet; 
Thence North 46 degrees 28' East, 148.5 feet ; 
Thenee North 12 degrees 10' East, 80 feet; 
Thence South 67 degrees 37' West, 99 feet ; 
Thence South 80 degrees 13' West, 109 feet ; 
Thenee South 41 degrees 14' West, 133 feet ; to 
the point of beginning. 
Containing 1.6 acres. 

This notice is given in compliance with Section 1062 of 
the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 
or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity to present same on date of sale as therein 
prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARL/TON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary $ 325.00 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, Salary and Ex- 
pense Account 657.60 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bayless, Land Agent 233.34 

R. W. Ervin, General Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 



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H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk r.n.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer y.l/.VA 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

William H. Tilden, Moore Haven, Fla 21.50 

M. J. Carev, Newton, Iowa 15.06 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 



$2,393.33 



The following bills for Everglades Drainage District 
taxes on State-owned lands in Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict were approved and ordered paid: 
Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C., West Palm Beach, Fla. $79,478.06 
J. A, Warren, T. C, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . 56,341.87 
Bob Simpson, T. C, Dade Co., Miami, Fla. . . . 18,381.74 
J. L. Taylor, T. C. Hendry Co., LaBelle, Fla.. . 5.137.83 
J. P. Moore, T. C. Glades Co., Moore Haven, Fla. 2,482.40 
R. H. Alderman, T. C. Okeechobee Co., Okee- 
chobee, Fla. 2,092.20 

F. M. Tyler. T. C. St. Lucie Co., Ft. Pierce, Fla. 27.01 

Bob Simpson, T. C. Dade Co., Miami, Fla 545.32 

$164,486.43 
The following bills for Okeechobee Flood Control Dis- 
trict taxes on State-owned land in Okeechobee Flood Con- 
trol District were approved and ordered paid : 
Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C. Palm Beach Co., West 

Palm Beach, Fla $ 37,537.11 

J. A. Warren, T. C. Broward Co., Ft. Lauder- 
dale, Fla 22,296.06 

Bob Simpson, T. C. Dade Co., Miami, Fla. . . . 9,770.80 
J, L. Taylor, T. C. Hendry Co., LaBelle, Fla.. . 1,894.41 
J. P. Moore, T. C. Glades Co., Moore Haven, Fla. 1 £77.99 
R. H. Alderman, T. C. Okeechobee Co., Okee- 
chobee, Fla 967.94 

F. M. Tyler, T. C. St. Lucie Co., Ft. Pierce, Fla. 27.01 

Bob Simpson, T. C. Dade Co., Miami, Fla 3,791.96 

$ 77,363.28 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

ATTEST • Governor — Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



246 

Tallahassee, Florida, December 3, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of November 26th presented and 
approved. 



Mr. Sidney J. Catts, Jr., of West Palm Beach, with 
client, L. T. Rutledge, appeared before the Trustees and 
made application to purchase a portion of 89.18 aeres of 
lake-bottom land in Sections 22 and 23, Township 42 
South, Range 36 East, Palm Beach County, lying north of 
Torry Island, making an offer of $50.00 per acre ; also 
made a counter proposition, should the Trustees not de- 
sire to sell the land, of renting the land, Mr. Rutledge hav- 
ing planted a crop on the land under the impression that it 
was a part of the estate of A. C. Burnett. 

After discussion, Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees rent 
the State land being farmed by Mr. Rutledge at the same 
price he was to pay the Burnett estate, which was $15.00 
an acre or one-fifth of the crop, and that the matter of sale 
be held over for the full board meeting on the 4th. Sec- 
onded by Mr, Knott and upon vote adopted. The Trus- 
tees allowed Mr. Rutledge until the meeting on the 4th to 
decide on what basis he would rent the land in case sale was 
not made to him. 



Mr. Ben Shepard and Mr. F. H. Rand, Jr., of the Miami 
Real Estate Company of Miami, appeared before the Board 
and presented the following proposition : 

That of the 422-acre tract of submerged land adjoining 
Virginia Key, sold under Entry No. 17143 and 17144, 
to J. L. Billingsley as trustee, March 1st, 1924, they desire 
the Trustees to release from the mortgage a strip through 
the southern end of the tract, taking in approximately one- 
fourth of the entire acreage ; that it is the intention of the 
said com pan v to float first mortgage bonds in the amount 
of $375,000.00— $245,000.00 of which issue will be held by 
a Trust Company for development purposes, and $36,000.00 



247 

of said first mortgage bonds, representing one-fourth of 
the principal and interest of the State's mortgage, they 
propose to deposit with the Trustees as added collateral to 
the mortgage of the Trustees; that the strip to be de- 
veloped will consist of 160 acres, and all money derived 
from the sale of this land to be held by the Trust Company 
until all debts on the land are paid off; that in order to 
secure a market for the bonds, which are to be sold for not 
less than par, and as an added inducement the company 
will give a certain amount of stock in the company to the 
purchaser of the bonds; that a certain amount of bonds 
will be exchanged for labor and material; also in the plan 
for disposing of the bonds, the company agrees to offer to 
any purchaser of $5,000.00 of bonds the right at any time 
within three years to use these bonds at par as cash pay- 
ment for land in this development at the original price of 
the land. Mr. Shepard stated that it was necessary that 
they have evidence in writing to the effect that the Trus- 
tees agree to make this release upon the above terms and 
in order to expedite the matter they submitted a contract 
drawn by them, setting forth the proposition, for the con- 
sideration of the Board. 

Attorney General Davis moved that the contract be sub- 
mitted to Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, for examination and re- 
port to the Trustees at the meeting on the 4th, and if satis- 
factory the Trustees grant the request of Messrs. Shepard 
and Rand. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 

The Trustees recessed to meet at 3 -o'clock P, M. 



December 3, 1929, 3 O'clock P. M. 

All members present except Governor Carlton. 

Mr. C. Eascom Slemp and Mr. Francis S. Whitten ap- 
peared before the Trustees relative to sale of three islands 
in Lake Worth containing approximately 8 acres, sold tc 
Islands Incorporated, under Entry No. 17773, dated De- 
cember 3, 1926, on which approximately $40,000.00 had 
been paid. Mr. Slemp requested the Trustees to allow 
Mr. Whitten to reconvey the three islands to the State, in 
view of the ruling of the War Department prohibiting him 
from filling in the tracts designated as Tracts 2, 3 and X 
in Sections 10, 11, 14 and 15, Township 44 South, Range 
43 East, 35.12 acres, Palm Beach County, and the Trus- 
tees retain the amounts paid as a credit to be applied on 
lands of the State to be selected by Mr. Whitten. 



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After discussion and consideration of the matter, the 
Attorney General moved that the Trustees allow Mr. Whit- 
ten to reconvey the land in Entry No. 17773 and give him 
a credit of the amount paid to be applied on other pur- 
chases, selection to be made by July 1st, 1932. Motion 
seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Whitten was requested to address a letter to the 
Trustees, setting forth the circumstances leading up to the 
refusal of the War Department to issue permit for filling 
in the land on which the Trustees could base their action 
for acceptance of reconveyance and allowance of credit in 
the amount paid. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
ATTEST- Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, December 4, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer.' 

Fred II . Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The application of Mr. Sidney J. Catts. Jr., for his client, 
Mr. L. T. Rut ledge, presented to the Trustees December 
3rd, for the purchase of a portion of 89.18 acres of lake 
bottom land in Sections 22 and 23, Township 42 South, 
Range 36 East, Palm Beach County, M*as again presented 
to the Trustees 

After discussion and upon motion of Mr. Mayo, seconded 
by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to sell 20 acres of land, on which Mr. Rutledge is farming 
this season, at a price of $50.00 per acre plus the rental of 
$15.00 per acre for this season, the purchaser to furnish 
survey and description for deed. The proposition was 
accepted by Mr. Catts for his client. 



Mr. Mayo made the motion that the policy of the Trus- 
tees, in disposing of lake bottom bands on a basis of $50.00 



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per acre, be changed and that hereafter all land owned by 
the State should be sold according to value of the land at 
the time of purchase without regard to former price on 
similar lands. Seconded by Mr, Davis and upon vote unani- 
mously adopted. 



Mr. Sidney J. Catts, Jr., advised the Trustees that his 
client would go back home, have a correct survey made of 
the lands in his application and would then make an offer 
for the remainder of the acreage contained in his applica- 
tion. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. T. W. 
Conley, Jr., of Okeechobee, requesting the Trustees to 
waive interest due by his client on land in Eagle Bay sec- 
tion, the Trustees having declined to reduce the price from 
$30.00 to $15.00 per acre. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to waive one-half the interest due upon payment of 
amounts now due on the purchase. The Land Department 
was directed to so advise Mr. Conley. 



The Trustees requested the Secretary to have Mr. Ervin 
prepare list of certificates covering lands on which the Trus- 
tees hold mortgages, for presentation to the Delinquent Tax 
Adjustment Board. 



The Land Department presented letter from J. E. 
Jenkins, requesting exchange of land with the Trustees. 
The request was denied. 



The Land Department presented letter from Stapp, 
Gourley, Vining & Ward, in whieh request was made for 
the Trustees to put up an additional $100.00 on the fore- 
closure proceedings on lands at Homestead and they put 
up the balance necessary. 

Attorney General Davis moved that the Trustees make 
available $100.00 when Stapp, Gourley, Vining & Ward 
makes available the balance necessary. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented request from W. T. 
Carter of Miami, for the purchase of mineral and oil rights 
on land in Township 55 South, Range 40 East. The Trus- 



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tees declined the request on the ground that another party 
held mortgage on the land and it would not be fair to his 
interest to dispose of the mineral and oil rights to another. 



Messrs. Ben Shepard and F. H. Rand, Jr., of Miami ap- 
peared before the Trustees relative to proposition sub- 
mitted at the meeting on the 3rd instant. The Trustees 
having referred the proposd contract or agreement to re- 
lease certain lands from mortgage, to Mr. Mcintosh, Coun- 
sel, for an opinion, asked for report, Mr. Mcintosh re- 
ported that the agreement was now in proper form. 

Mr. Amos moved that the request of Messrs. Shepard 
and Rand be granted and that the following agreement 
be executed. Seconded and upon vote adopted : 

AGREEMENT 

THIS AGREEMENT, Entered into this 4th day of De- 
cember, A. D. 1929, by and between the Honorable Doyle 
E. Carlton, Governor ; Honorable Fred H. Davis, Attorney 
General ; Honorable Ernest Amos, Comptroller ; Honorable 
W.f^. Knott, Treasurer, and Honorable Nathan Mayo, 
Commisisoner of Agriculture, as and constituting the 
, Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State 
of Florida, as parties of the first part, and F. H. Rand, Jr., 
and;' Ben Shepard, of the County of Dade, and State of 
Florida, whose permanent post office address is Miami, 
< Florida, as parties of the second part ; 

WITNESSETH : 

THAT WHEREAS, Heretofore on March 1, 1924, the 
Miami Real Estate Company, a corporation organized and 
existing under the laws of the State of Florida, and F. H. 
Rand, Jr., a single man, and Ben Shepard, Trustee, joined 
by his wife, did execute their certain mortgage, payable to 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund aforesaid, 
which said mortgage was duly recorded on March 6, 1925, 
in the public records of Dade County, Florida, in Mort- 
gage Book 308, at page 99, et sec., and which mortgage 
encumbered certain land situate in the County of Dade, 
and State of Florida, more particularly described as fol- 
lows, to-wit : 

That certain tract of land or shallow bottom 
situated in Section nine (9) and Section sixteen 
(16), in Township fifty- four (54) South, Range 



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forty-two (42) East, in Dade County, Florida, 
and located as follows: 

Beginning at the meander corner on the west 
boundary of said Section sixteen (16) of the shore 
of Virginia Key, which said meander corner is 
nine hundred four (904) feet north of the south- 
west corner of said Section sixteen (16) ; 

Thence north along the west Line of said Sec- 
tion sixteen (16) and the west line of Section 
nine (9) of same township and range seven thou- 
sand three hundred and seventy-six (7,376) feet; 

Thence east two thousand (2,000) feet ; 

Thence south fifty (50) degrees, fifty (50) 
minutes east three thousand, two hundred thirty- 
two (3,232) feet; 

Thence south nine (9) degrees fifty (50) min- 
utes east one thousand sixty -eight (1,068) feet 
to the meander corner on the north boundary of 
said Section sixteen (16) at the shore of Virginia 
Key, which said meander corner is six hundred 
twelve (612) feet west of the northeast corner of 
said Section sixteen (16) ; 

Thence along the western shore of said Virginia 
Key through said Section sixteen (16) to the 
meander corner of said Seetion sixteen (16), the 
point of beginning first above described, contain- 
ing four hundred twenty-two (422) aeres, more 
or less. 

and which mortgage is hereinafter referred to as the 
' ' Mortgage. ' ' 

AND WHEREAS, the sum total of principal and in- 
terest secured by the aforesaid ' ' Mortgage ' ' on the 1st day 
of February, A. D. 1929, amounted to One Hundred 
Thirty -six Thousand, Three Hundred Thirteen and 33/100 
($136,313.33) Dollars, as is stipulated in a certain con- 
tract dated February 1, 1929, entered into between the 
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State 
of Florida, aforesaid, as parties of the first part, and the 
Miami Real Estate Company, F. H. Rand, Jr., and Ben 
Shepard, as Trustee, joined by his wife, reference to which 
contract is hereby made; 

AND WHEREAS, the sum total, principal and interest, 
secured by the aforesaid "Mortgage" it is agreed will on 



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December 15, 1929, amount to One Hundred Forty-three 
Thousand, Four Hundred Sixty-nine and 78/100 {$143,- 
469.78) Dollars; 

AND WHEREAS, the parties of the second part desire 
to secure the release and partial satisfaction of said 
"Mortgage" as to all that portion of the property in said 
"Mortgage" described lying and being in Section sixteen 
(16), in Township fifty-four (54) South, of Range fovty- 
two (42) East, aforesaid; 

AND WHEREAS, the parties of the second part pro- 
pose to subdivide, develop and improve the land sought to 
be released, and lying in Section sixteen (16) aforesaid, 
together with certain other lands, and to plat same accord- 
ing to a plat prepared by F. K. Ashworth, Civil Engineer, 
of Miami, Dade County, Florida, a copy of which proposed 
plat has this day been filed with the parties of the first 
part for identification and which is made a part hereof, 
the said property so platted to be known as VIRGINIA 
BEACH, and which said plat, the said parties of the sec- 
ond part propose to place of record in the public records of 
Dade County, Florida; 

AND WHEREAS, the parties of the second part further 
propose to cause to be issued Three Hundred Seventy-five 
Thousand Dollars ($375,000), of good and valid first 
mortgage bonds, hereinafter referred to as the "Bonds," 
which "Bonds" shall be secured by a trust deed encum- 
bering Blocks one (1), six (6), seven (7), thirteen (13), 
fourteen (14), fifteen (15), sixteen (16), seventeen (17), 
twenty (20), twenty-one (21), twenty-two (22), twenty- 
three (23), twenty-four (24), twenty-five (25), twenty-six 
(26), twentv-seven (27), twenty-eight (28), twenty-nine 
(29) and thirty (30), of VIRGINIA BEACH as shown 
upon said plat, and no other property; which "Bonds" 
shall be dated December 15, 1929, bear interest at the rate 
of seven (7) per cent per annum, and mature not more 
than five (5) years from their date, and be duly authenti- 
cated by some trust company organized under the laws 
of the State of Florida named as Trustee in said deed of 
trust, which trust company is hereinafter referred to as 
the "Trustee," the said deed of trust securing said bonds, 
it being further distinctly agreed, constituting a first lien 
upon the property aforesaid ; 



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253 

AND WHEREAS, the parties of the 8rst part desire to 
cooperate with the parties of the second part in their pro- 
posed plan to subdivide and improve said property which 
is now unimproved and undeveloped, in order to make 
same available for business and residential purposes. 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises 
set forth in the preamble hereinabove, and in considera- 
tion of the sum of one dollar to each of the parties in hand 
paid by the other, the said parties of the first part do 
herein and hereby agree to execute and deliver to the par- 
ties of the second part a good and sufficient release from 
the lien of said "Mortgage" of all that portion of the 
property hereinabove described and lying and being in 
Section sixteen (16), in Township fifty-four (54} South, 
Range forty-two (42) East, aforesaid, which release shall 
be hereinafter referred to as the "Release." 

And the said parties of the second part do herein and 
hereby agree in consideration of such "Release" to cause 
to be delivered to the parties of the first part "Bonds" 
aforesaid in the principal sum of Thirty-six Thousand 
Dollars ($36,000), which said "Bonds" it is agreed may 
and shall be held by the said parties of the first part as 
additional collateral security to the notes secured by the 
"Mortgage" aforesaid, but not in payment thereof; and in 
the event of default in the performance by the mortgagors 
of the terms and conditions of said "Mortgage" said 
"Bonds" may be sold by the parties of the first part, at 
public or private sale, in the same fashion as if same had 
been originally pledged with the parties of the first part 
as additional collateral security to the notes secured by 
said "Mortgage." 

It is further understood and agreed that the sum of 
Two Hundred Forty -five Thousand Dollars ($245,000) of 
said "Bonds" shall, prior to or coincident with the de- 
livery of the "Release" be disposited by the parties of the 
second part with the "Trustee" for the sole purpose of 
defraying the cost of the contemplated improvement and 
development of the property encumbered by the trust deed 
securing the proposed issue of "Bonds" aforesaid; it be- 
ing understood that the parties of the second part may, 
however, from time to time sell and dispose of said 
"Bonds" so deposited, and may thereupon release same 
from the custody of said "Trustee"; PROVIDED, HOW- 



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EVER, that in such event the proceeds from the sale of 
said "Bonds" shall in lieu thereof be deposited with the 
"Trustee" for the purpose stated. 

The Trust Deed securing the "Bonds" aforesaid shall 
contain a clause providing for the partial satisfaction and 
release by the "Trustee" from the lien thereof from time 
to time of each and every lot encumbered thereby upon the 
payment to the "Trustee" of a certain sum in accordance 
with a schedule to be included in and form a part of said 
trust deed, which schedule shall fix such release price as 
to each lot; the release price so fixed shall total not less 
than Pour Hundred Seventy-five Thousand Dollars ($475,- 
000) and shall be fairly distributed over the lots and blocks 
encumbered by the trust deed aforesaid in proportion ' to 
their value; the funds derived by the "Trustee" from the 
release of said lots shall by the terms of the trust deed be 
applied by the "Trustee" solely to the payment and re- 
tirement of ' ' Bonds ' ' before their maturity, such ' ' Bonds ' ' 
so retired to be selected by lot in accordance with a pro- 
vision contained in the trust deed. 

In the development of VIRGINIA BEACH it is under- 
stood that no material for the fill thereof shall be dredged 
or taken from the property encumbered by the 
"Mortgage." 

The "Release" aforesaid shall be delivered by the par- 
ties of the first part to the parties of the second part on or 
before February i, 1930, upon the parties of the second 
part complying with the terms and conditions of this con- 
tract herein made obligatory upon them. 

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to change 
or modify in any way whatsoever, except as herein specifi- 
cally provided, the said "Mortgage" security now held by 
the said parties of the first part, as shown by the record of 
said "Mortgage" in the public records of said Dade 
County, Florida, in Mortgage Book 308, at page 99 et sec, 
and it is expressly agreed that the mortgage lien of the 
parties of the first part as thereby shown and stated shall 
be reserved and retained unimpaired and unchanged, ex- 
cept to the extent of and as herein specifically provided. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said parties of the first 
part have set their hands and seals, and caused the seal 
of the Department of Agriculture of the State of Florida, 
to be hereunto affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, and the 



255 

said P. H. Hand, Jr., and Ben Shepard have set their 
hands and seals, ail in duplicate, this the day and year 
first above written. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, (SEAL) 

Governor. 
FRED H. DAVIS, (SEAL) 

Attorney General. 
ERNEST AMOS, (SEAL) 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, (SEAL) 

NATHAN MAYO, (SEAL) 

(SEAL) Commissioner of Agriculture. 

As and constituting the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement 
Fund of the State of Florida. 
F. H. RAND, JR. (SEAL) 

BEN SHEPARD. (SEAL) 

Signed, sealed and delivered 
by F. H. Rand, Jr., and 
Ben Shepard in our pres- 
ence : 

M.' 0. BARCO. 
JENTYE DEDGE. 

State of Florida, 

County of Leon. 

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this 4th day of De- 
cember, A. D. 1929, before me, M. 0. Barco, a Notary Pub- 
lic for the State of Florida at large, personally appeared 
F. H. Rand, Jr., and Ben Shepard, well known to me to 
be the persons described in and who executed the foregoing 
instrument of writing, and severally acknowledged that 
they signed, sealed and delivered the same as and for their 
own free act and deed, and for the uses and purposes 
therein expressed. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my 
hand and notarial seal, the day and year last above written. 

M. 0. BARCO, 
(SEAL) Notary Public, State 

of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires July 10, 1933. 



256 

Mr, Ben Shepard of Miami made application for oil and 
gas lease on all Township 50 South, Range 36 East, except 
Sections 16 and 25 and Ey» of Section 33, containing 21,- 
440 acres, and all of Township 51 South, Rafcge 36 East, 
containing 22,440 acres. 

Mr. Amos moved that the lease be granted to Mr, Shepard 
on the lands above described, subject to the usual terms and 
conditions. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. C. Bascom 
Slemp of Washington, D. C, representing Islands, Inc., of 
which company Mr. Francis S. Whitten is principal owner, 
relative to re-conveyance to the State of three small islands 
in Lake Worth which the War Department refuses to allow 
Mr, Whitten to fill in, thereby depriving him of the use of 
the islands, and which Mr. Whitten, on December 3rd, re- 
quested the Trustees to allow him to re-convey to the State, 
holding the payments made as a credit for Mr. Whitten 
to be applied on other lands to be selected. 

Whereupon the following resolution was presented : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, The Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
did on December 3rd, 1926, convey to ISLANDS INCOR- 
PORATED those certain islands, shallow banks or sub- 
merged flats, lying in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, 
which said areas are known as Entry No. 17773, containing 
35.12 acres, and a partial payment of $38,199.60 having 
been made to the Trustees upon said purchase, and it being 
the purpose of said Islands Incorporated to improve the 
said islands, submerged land and shallow banks by dredging 
the adjacent bottoms and filling the said areas ; and 

WHEREAS, The said Islands Incorporated made appli- 
cation to the Secretary of War of the United States for 
permission to dredge and fill as above set forth, and the 
Secretary of War having denied the application of Islands 
Incorporated for making such improvements as set forth 
by letter of November 18, 1929, from L. V. Frazier, Lt. Col. 
Corps of Engineers, District Engineer's Offiee, Jackson- 
ville, Florida, and by virtue of such denial the said Islands 
Incorporated are prevented from making use of the prop- 
erty conveyed to them by the said Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund ; and Islands Incorporated having set forth 



257 

the above at a meeting of the Trustees Internal Improve- 
ment Fund on December 3, 1929, and having submitted a 
letter to such effect, requesting the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund to permit said Islands, Incorporated to 
re-deed to them the lands conveyed by the said Trustees on 
December 3, 1926, and allow Islands Incorporated a credit 
in the amount paid, to-wit : $38,199.60, which credit is to be 
exercised by the selection of other lands of the Trustees In- 
ternal Improvement Fund ; Now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund confirm their action taken as of December 
3rd, and hereby authorize Islands Incorporated to redeed 
to the said Trustees the lands as above described, free of 
all encumbrances and liens for taxes, and to exercise the 
credit in the amount of $38,199,60 by the selection of other 
lands in the said amount which the Trustees hereby agree 
to convey when selected, provided such selection shall be 
made by Islands Incorporated not later than July 1, 1932. 



Upon motion the resolution was adopted, and the same 
was agreed to by Francis S, vVhitten on behalf of Islands 
Incorporated. 



The Trustees directed that the three islands to be re- 
conveyed by Islands Incorporated, he advertised for high- 
est bid and objections as soon as title has returned to the 
State. 



A letter was presented from Atlantic Shell Company of 
Jacksonville, asking that they be given a hearing before any 
shell leases were granted in the vicinity of their operations 
in the St. Johns River. 

The Trustees directed that the Atlantic Shell Company 
be advised that they would be given an opportunity to be 
heard in the event application was received for shell elase 
in the territory mentioned. 



Mr. Bay less of the Land Department was directed to go 
to West Palm Beach to appear as a witness in hearings on 
land selections to be had beginning with December 9th. 



The Trustees having on November 19th, 1929, requested 
the Secretary to prepare description for advertising land 
applied for by Mr. Charles R. Pierce of Miami, the follow- 
ing notice was plaeed in the Miami Herald. 



9—1. I. F. 



NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, December 4, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will re- 
ceive competitive bids in open session at 10 o'clock A. M. 
Tuesday, January 14th, 1930, at Tallahassee, for the fol- 
lowing described land in DADE County, Florida : 

Those certain islands or shallow banks created 
by depositing material from dredging operations, 
lying Southwest of, parallel to, and at a distance 
of approximately 1,600 feet from the Miami Cause- 
way, or Southwest of and parallel to the Ship 
Channel extending Northwesterly and Southeast- 
erly approximately 11,000 feet, and are approxi- 
mately 400 to 1,200 feet wide. The said islands or 
shallow banks lie Southwest of that part of the 
Causeway extending from near the Ship Basin 
near its West end to the Star Island Bridge near 
its East end. Said islands or shallow banks are 
located in Sections 4, 5, 6, and 9 of Township 54 
South, Range 42 East, in Biseayne Bay, Dade 
County, Florida, Containing 190 acres, more or 
less. 

This notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
o£ the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 
or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

Proposal to purchase and final bid shall be submitted in 
writing and accompanied by check in an amount not less 
than one-fourth of the purchase price. 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F, C, Elliot, Secretary. 



financial statement for the month of November, 1929. 
was presented and ordered placed of record •. 



259 
FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR NOVEMBER, 192!) 

Balance in Fund Nov. 1, 1929 . .$158,532.27 

From land sales under Chap. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Chap. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 7,719.25 

From sale of sand, shell and gravel 586.10 

From Board of Commissioners Ev- 
erglades Drainage District, ac- 
count payment $100,000 note 
with accrued interest at 6% : 
Comptroller's War- 
rant No. 37374. .$60,000.00 
Comptroller's War- 
rant No. 37374-A 30,000.00 
Comptroller's War- 
rant No. 37374-B 10,000.00 
Comptroller's War- 
rant No. 35120. . 2,000.00 

$ 102,000.00 

From sale of Minutes 1.50 

From gas and oil leases 3,179.05 

From land leases 551.00 

Refund on costs paid in ejectment 

suit 2.20 

From land sales ($204.40) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($51.09) 153.31 

$272,724.68 
Less disbursements 240,221.79 

Balance on hand December 1, 1929 $ 32,502.89 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 31,502.89 

$ 32,502.89 

BALANCES IN BANKS DECEMBER 1, 1929 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 6,665.12 

Bamett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 7,888.57 



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Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 3,765.97 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 7,585.79 

FfMt National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,859.80 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 1,183.12 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 436.42 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee. 
Fla 1.118.10 

Capital City Bank, special account 1,000.00 



$ 31,502.89 



DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

3929 No. In Favor of— Amount 
Nov. 6 7942 Board of Commrs. Everglades 

Dr. Dist $ 60.000.00 

7943 Board of Coram 'rs Everglades 

Dr. Dist. 30,000.00 

7944 Board of Coramr's Everglades 

Dr. Dist 10,000.00 

13 7945 Western Union Telegraph Co.. . . 3.78 

7946 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 2.62 

7947 Southern Telephone & Constr. Co. 4.25 
1 7948 T. J. Applevard, Inc 5.26 

7949 Bradenton Publishing Co 12.75 

7950 Typewriter Service Co 1.50 

7951 Palm Beach Post 13.50 

7952 W. T. Oliver, C. C. C. 4.35 

7953 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 3.30 

7954 Marvin C. Mcintosh 56.60 

20 7955 Wallis Engineering Companv . . 117.92 

7956 B. C. Baker, Sheriff 30.00 

30 7957 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

7958 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

7959 A. R. Richardson 657.60 

7960 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7961 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

7962 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

7963 A. C. Bridges - 80.00 

7964 Jentve Dedge 75.00 

7965 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

7966 Hattie Bell 83.33 



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Date Check 

1929 No. In favor of: Amount 

Nov. 30, 7967 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

7968 Robert Wynn . 40.00 

7969 William H. Tilden 21.50 

7970 M. J. Carey 15.06 

7971 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 6,571.32 

7972 Everglades Drainage Dist. 1929 

Taxes 63,941.11 

7973 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 30.000.00 

7974 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 10,000.00 

7975 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 9,000.00 

7976 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 10,000.00 

7977 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 7,000.00 

7978 Okeechobee Flood Control Dist. 

1929 Taxes 1,000.00 

$240,221.79 
The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Alice M. Havden, P. O. Box 1132, West Palm 
Beach, Fla $ 134.00 

Stapp, Gourlev, Vining & Ward, Seybold Bldg., 
Miami, Fla 100.00 



$ 234.00 
I'pon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST- Governor — Chairman. 

F. C. EUiot, Secretary. 

Tallahasee, Florida, December 10, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



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Minutes of the Trustees of December 3rd and 4th, pre- 
sented and approved. 



In connection with the reconveyance by Islands, Incor- 
porated, of three small islands, as authorized by resolution 
of December 4th, Mr. Amos moved that the Land Depart- 
ment make note of the fact that the one-fourth due the 
State School Fund from the sale of this land has already 
been so transferred from funds received as first payment 
on original purchase. Motion seconded and unanimously 
adopted. 



Mr. E. L. Stapp of the firm Stapp, Gourley, Vining & 
Ward, presented the matter of taxes due on 340 acres of 
land in Dade County, which had been subdivided into lots 
and blocks and on which drainage taxes for the years 1926, 
1927, 1928 and 1929 have not been paid. He advised that 
the land was now back on the books as acreage and re- 
quested that his client be allowed to pay the four years 
taxes on an acreage basis as of the year 1929. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Stapp be allowed to pay the 
drainage taxes for the years 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929 on 
the land referred to on the 1929 tax basis, plus the cost 
of certificates. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. E. L. Stapp advised the Trustees that he had sev- 
eral matters relating to tax adjustments which he desired 
to present for consideration by the Trustees, as follows: 

1st. Bequest from the owner of 6,000 acres of land in 
Broward County for the reduction of taxes due, said lands 
having been sold for 1926 taxes and no subsequent taxes 
having been paid, the estimated amount of drainage taxes 
being approximately $35,000.00; and 

2nd. Petition of Southern Bank & Trust Company, 
owners of 42,000 acres of land in Township 49, Ranges 36 
to 39, Broward County, requesting to be allowed to re- 
deem certificates sold the State for amount of face of cer- 
tificates and waive the interest ; and 

3rd. Request of Mr. P. C. Allen, President of Select 
Securities, Inc., who purchased drainage tax certificates 
in 1926 for 1925 drainage taxes, but has paid no taxes for 
the years 1927 and 1928, certificates for the past two years 
having been sold to the State, would like to arrive at some 
basis for handling the matter. Mr. Allen's proposition is 



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that he will either pay the taxes due the Trustees, without 
interest, and buy the land in, or if the Trustees desire to 
purchase his certificates, will sell them at the face value 
plus 8% interest allowed by law. 

After discussion, the Trustees advised Mr. Stapp that 
they would take the three propositions under consideration 
and see what could be done with reference to adjustment 
and advise him when deeision is made. 



The Land Department presented letter from Curley, 
Fisher & Van Meter, following action of the Trustees on 
November 26th, with reference to request of Mrs. Alta F. 
Dwan, Entry No. 17879, advising that she did not care to 
re-deed three-fourths of the land in said Entry, the entire 
acreage being only 9.95 acres, but asked that the price be 
reduced. 

The Trustees considered that the price paid for the land 
was in line with other prices and declined to reduce the 
price. 



The Trustees having advertised tax land for sale on 
December 3rd, upon application of Brown Company, and 
the sale having been postponed until this date, bids were 
called for. Bid of Brown Company in the amount of all 
taxes, interest and penalties, plus $1.00 per acre and cost 
of advertising, being the only bid received, was accepted. 
Deeds were ordered issued to Brown Company for the 
following land: 

Ei/ a of W14 of NE% of SE% (North and East 
of Hillsboro Canal), Section 3, Township 45 
South, Range 38 East, 9.2 acres ; and 

Tract 16, Section 21; Tract 12, Section 33, 
Township 46 South, Range 39 East, containing 
80 acres. 



Mr. Amos made a motion that the Secretary file a 
general request for adjustment of taxes due by the State 
with each County Delinquent Tax Adjustment Board 
where the Trustees are due taxes and follow the matter 
up for final disposition. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Mayo advised the Trustees that Mr. J. B. Hodges of 
Lake City had called on him relative to land purchased by 
Paul D. Camp in Hamilton County, which land a client of 



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Mr, Hodge's desired to purchase from Sir. Camp. There 
being two judgments against the land and the Trustees' 
mortgage being long past due, Mr. Mayo moved that the 
mortgage be foreclosed and after title has become per- 
fected in the State, Mr, Hodges be advised that the Trus- 
tees would entertain a proposition to sell the land. Sec- 
onded and upon vote adopted. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST : Governor-Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, December 17, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees for December 10th, presented 
and approved. 



Mr. W. D. 'Donnell, representing Amelia Corporation, 
appeared before the Trustees relative to foreclosing mort- 
gage in Sections 26, 27, 28, 33 and 34, Township 55 South, 
Range 38 East, Dade County, and advised the Trustees 
that he would pay all expenses of the suit and have his 
attorney handle the matter. 

The Trustees agreed to allow Mr. 'Donnell to institute 
foreclosure proceedings on the said mortgage and directed 
that his attorney take the matter up with Mr. Mcintosh, 
Counsel for the Board. 



Mr. George V. Green of Jacksonville, president of Stand- 
ard Dredging Company, requested the Trustees to rein- 
state his permits for dredging shell in St. Johns River and 
North River and allow him to make new bond. 

The Trustees having agreed to allow Atlantic Shell Com- 
pany an opportunity to be heard in case of application for 
permit in St. Johns River near their operations, Mr. Green 



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was advised that unless some legal objection was presented, 
permit would be granted. The Secretary was directed to 
communicate with Atlantic Shell Company and ascertain 
the nature of their objections to shell permits in St. Johns 
River. 



The Secretary presented request from Mr. C. M. Johnson 
of Fort Myers, formerly employed by the Board of Com- 
missioners and Trustees as fire warden for Everglades 
Drainage District, making claim for additional compensa- 
tion for services as fire warden under the 1925 Act of the 
Legislature, creating a Board of Fire Control. 

Upon consideration of the claim, the Trustees directed 
the Secretary to advise Mr. Johnson that they had no 
authority to pay such claim. 



The Secretary presented the matter of advertisement of 
submerged islands and shallow banks in Biseayne Bay, ap- 
plied for by Mr. Charles R. Pierce, to be sold on January 
14th, 1930, subject to objections and competitive bids, and 
called attention to the fact that the Legislature of 1927 has 
set aside this area, with other areas, for the City of Miami, 

Upon discussion of the subject, Mr. Davis moved that the 
advertisement be discontinued and the land wihdrawn from 
sale by the Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote 
adopted. The Secretary was directed to notify the Miami 
Herald to discontinue the advertisement, and also advise 
Mr. Charles R. Pierce, applicant, of the action of the Trus- 
tees. 






The Secretary called to the attention of the Trustees the 
matters presented by Mr, E, L. Stapp on December 10th, 
relative to tax adjustments, and consideration of the same 
was ordered postponed until the next meeting of the 
Trustees. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. R. J. 
Tygert of Fort Myers, relative to action of the Trustees 
October 15th, requesting the Trustees to retain only $125.00 
and refund to him the balance of the eash payment of 
$952.50. 

The Trustees declined to grant this request and directed 
the Land Department to advise Mr. Tygert that they would 
stand by action of October 15th and would allow him until 
January 1st to accept one of the propositions made. 



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The Land Department presented letter from Allandale 
Company with request that they be allowed to reconvey 
three-fourths of the land in their Entry No. 17652 and 
secure deed to the one-fourth represented by the cash pay- 
ment. 

Mr, Davis moved that Allandale Company be allowed to 
reconvey the three-fourths acreage as requested, upon pay- 
ment of all taxes and furnishing abstract, and the Trustees 
issue deed to land paid for. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. B. A. 
Bales of Moore Haven, stating that his client, Mr. VanDe- 
Velde, had purchased the claim of one of the Lakeport 
settlers, Mr. M. D. Johnson, and asked that his claim be 
recognized by the Trustees. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the request 
was granted and the Land Department directed to make 
note of such claim. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beaeh, Fla. $ 3.80 

J. L. Barber, C. C. C, Okeechobee, Fla 4.80 

Post Publishing Co., West Palm Beaeh, Fla 8.25 

DeLand Sun News, DeLand, Fla 18.00 

The Miami Herald, Miami, Fla 9.00 

Chas. F. Dohrer, Box 331, R. P. D., Miami, Fla.. . . 5.15 
F. E, Bayless, Tallahassee, Fla. (Expense account) 58.29 
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla... 8.63 
Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla. ... 1.68' 
The Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahas- 
see, Fla 4.25 



$1^1 S"i 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST: Governor— Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. December 30, 1929. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 



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The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 
P. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary $ 325.00 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 623.50 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 



$ 1,982.67 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned, 

ERNEST AMOS, 
ATTEST- Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahasee, Florida, December 31, 1929. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Minutes of the Trustees for December 17th, presented 
and approved. 



The Trustees having on November 12th agreed to sell to 
the City of New Smyrna 1.6 acres of submerged land in 
Township 17 South, Range 34 East, Volusia County, ad- 
jacent to property owned by the city, and advertisement 
for objections having been published as required by law, 
and no objections presented or filed, the land was sold to 
the City of New Smyrna at a price of $10.00 to be used 
for public purposes only. Deed was ordered issued. 



Mr. J. B. Conyers of Port Myers made an offer of $50.00 
per acre for a small island near Fort Myers in Section 2, 
Township 46, South Range 22 East ; Lee County, contain- 
ing approximately 4 acres. 



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Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ac- 
cepted the offer of Mr. Conyers of $50.00 per acre cash for 
the island as above described, subject to advertisement for 
objections as required by law. 



Mr. H. J. Capenton of Sarasota made an offer of $50.00 
per acre for submerged land adjacent to his upland near 
Nokomis, being 1.32 acres in Section 3, Township 38 South, 
Range 18 East, Sarasota County. 

The Trustees declined the offer of Mr. Capenton, but 
directed the Land Department to advise him that they 
would sell this land at the same price asked for other sub- 
merged land adjacent to upland — $100.00 per acre cash, 
subject to advertisement for objections as required by law. 



Mr. James Ball of the Wallis Engineering Company ap- 
peared before the Trustees and presented map showing 
land, 20 acres of which the Trustees agreed on December 
4th to sell to L, T. Rutledge at a price of $50.00 per acre, 
plus $15.00 per acre rental, and as the property was 
divided by the highway, Mr. Ball requested the Trustees 
to indicate the location of the 20 acres. 

Mr. Knott made the motion that the acreage to be deeded 
to Mr. Hutledge, of approximately 20 acres, be taken from 
the east side of the road. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. James Ball of the Wallis Engineering Company 
made application to lease for a term of three years, be- 
ginning with July 1, 1930, all of Pelican Bay in Sections 
24, 25, and 36, Township 42 South, Range 37, lying north 
and west of Pelican River and not heretofore covered by 
deed from the Trustees, offering $3,500.00 per annum as 
rental to be paid one-half January 1st and one-half May 
1st of each year, the said lease not to be dependent upon 
construction of a levee by the State or Federal Govern- 
ment ; Wallis Engineering Company also requests the right 
to purchase this land at the expiration of said lease at a 
rate of $100.00 per acre for the first 300 acres and $75.00 
per acre for the remainder. 

Attorney General Davis moved that the application be 
received and that action thereon be held over for a full 
meeting. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Ball was requested to submit a proposed form of 
lease and proposition to purchase. 



The Trustees having received an offer of $200.00 from 
Paul C. Taylor of Miami, for client Par Properties, Inc., 
for lands, title which is vested in the Trustees for non- 
payment of Everglades Drainage District taxes, agreed to 
advertise the lands for the highest bid, as required by law, 
and the following notice was placed in the Miami Herald : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, December 31, 1929. 

NOTICE is hereby given in compliance with the provi- 
sions of Section 1175, Revised General Statutes of Florida, 
that the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the 
State of Florida will on Tuesday, February 11, 1930, 10 
o'clock A. M., at Tallahassee, offer for sale the following 
described lands lying and being in DADE County, Florida : 

Dots 2 and 3 of Dorn Brothers Subdivision of 
the Ny 2 of NE14 of NWi/i of NE14 of Section 36, 
Township 54 South, Range 40 East. 

Bids will be received therefor at Tallahassee, Florida, 
until 10 o'clock A. M. on date of sale. 
Terms: Cash. 
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST: Governor. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh presented letter from Mr. W. H. 
Jackson of Tampa, with reference to equity of the State in 
bankruptcy of the estate of Lloyd-Skinner Development 
Company, on which the Trustees held mortgage, and ad- 
vised that the property sold, free of all liens, for the sum 
of $100.00 and enclosed cheek in that amount payable to 
the Trustees. The Trustees directed that the check be 
accepted and deposited. 



Mr, A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that South- 
ern Sugar Company is cultivating approximately 450 acres 
of State land in Sections 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23, Township 42 
South, Range 32 East, between the meander line of said 
sections and Everglades Drainage District Levee. 



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Mr. Davis moved that a letter be directed to Southern 
Sugar Company, making claim for $10.00 per acre per an- 
num rental for the land owned by the State. Seconded by 
Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



The Trustees authorized Mr. Richardson to trade in his 
old Ford ear on a new ear and have title vested in the 
Trustees as heretofore, at no cost to the Trustees. 



Upon application from Tomasello Lumber Company of 
Orlando, the Trustees agreed to sell the timber on the 
NE% of NE^4 of Section 4, Township 32 South, Range 34 
East, Osceola County, for a consideration of $200.00. 



The following bill was approved and ordered paid : 
W, A. Lewis, C. C. C, Hamilton County, Jasper, 
Pla., filing fee in foreclosure suit against Paul D. 
Camp, et al. $20.00 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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TRUSTEES* MINUTES FOR 1930 



Tallahassee, Florida, January 7, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fnnd met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Maj*o, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of December 31, 1929, were pre- 
sented and approved. 



The matter of assessing lands on which the Trustees hold 
mortgage was taken up, and after discussion Mr. Davis 
moved that the Tax Assessors be advised to make notation 
opposite assessment of lands on which the Trustees hold 
mortgage, that such assessment was made subject to mort- 
gage claim of the Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Amos and 
upon vote adopted. 



Mr. James Ball of Wallis Engineering Company re- 
quested the Trustees to take action on the matter presented 
at the meeting on December 31st, 1929, relative to leasing 
lands in Pelican Bay for a period of three years and the 
right to purchase at the expiration of said lease. 

Counsel for the Trustees not having had opportunity to 
examine form of lease, Mr. Knott moved that the matter be 
taken under consideration. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Vernon Price-Williams appeared before the Trus- 
tees relative to securing oil lease on State lands as follows : 
Township 54 South, Ranges 29 and 30 East ; 
Townships 56, 57 and 58 South, Range 34 East ; 
Townships 48 and 49 South, Range 35 East; 
Townships 56, 57 and 58 South, Range 35 East ; 
Townships 56 and 57 South, Range 36 East. 



Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to grant the oil lease requested upon the usual terms 



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and conditions and upon payment of five cents (5c) per 
acre on all lands outside Everglades Drainage District in 
addition to taxes. 



Mr, F. C. Elliot presented memorandum and recom- 
mended certain changes in the oil lease form as to Section 
One and an additional Section 25. The Trustees approved 
the changes and directed that they be made applicable to 
all leases in effect and to be included in all future leases. 



The application of Mr. George V. Green of Jacksonville, 
president of Standard Dredging Company, requesting the 
Trustees to reinstate his permit for dredging shell in St. 
Johns and North River and allow him to make new bond. 
came up for discussion. 

The Trustees agreed that as this request involved the re- 
instatement of a lease to Standard Dredging Company, 
which lease was cancelled January 31, 1929, at the request 
of Standard Dredging Company, the same would not come 
within the purview of the request of Atlantic Shell Com- 
pany to be heard in case of the issuance of new leases within 
this territory. Whereupon the following resolution was 
adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, The shell lease granted to Standard Dredg- 
ing Company under date of October 18, 1927, was .cancelled 
as of January 31, 1929, at the request of Standard Dredging 
Company; and 

WHEREAS, Standard Dredging Company now requests 
that this lease be reinstated and that they be allowed to 
furnish new bond in the form of a $500.00 Liberty Bond; 
Now, Therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the lease of Standard Dredg- 
ing Company, dated October 18, 1927, and cancelled Janu- 
ary 31, 1929, be reinstated as of February 1, 1930, and to 
expire on the date as set forth in original lease, and that 
the $500.00 Liberty Bond be accepted as the new bond. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, having reported on 
the value of land purchased by Mr. Gt. S. Roberts of Fort 
Myers from Rev. S. W. Lawler, and also the land on which 
Mr. Roberts has made improvement, thinking he B'as on 
the laud purchased from Mr. Lawler, the Trustees decided 



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that they would not make the exchange as requested. 
Whereupon, Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees sell the 
land on which Mr. Roberts has made improvements at a 
price of $25.00 per acre. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon 
vote adopted. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, presented letter from Mr. 
J. E. Beardsley relative to land purchased from T. J. 
Champion on which land there exists a reservation for 
boulevard right-of-way. Mr. Beardsley advises that the 
road has been built on other land than that reserved and 
requests that the reservation be released to the present 
owners of the property. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Land Department make in- 
vestigation and report as to the present status of the re- 
served right-of-way. 



Mr. Mayo made the motion that all funds now or here- 
after coming to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement . 
Fund be segregated and kept in separate accounts; those 
receipts coming from within Everglades Drainage District 
to be kept in one fund, and receipts coming from without 
the District to be in another fund, and that receipts from 
outside the District be not expended within Everglades 
Drainage District" except upon special order of the Trus- 
tees; also that the motion apply to funds now in the treas- 
ury to the credit of the Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Davis 
and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. C. E. Dodson of Jacksonville made an offer of $10.00 
per acre for the following land : 

NE14 of NE*4 of Section 9, Township 24 
South, Range 27 East ; 

SWVt of SE1/4 of Section 6, Township 23 
South, Range 29 East; 

NE% of SWYi of Section 17, Township 22 
South, Range 28 East; 

SE14 of SE14 of Section 15, Township 23 
South, Range 28 East; 
in orange County. 

Mr. Davis moved that the offer of Mr. Dodson be ac- 
cepted and the lands sold to him at $10.00 per acre. Sec- 
onded by Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 



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Mr. Frances S. Whitten of Miami submitted a letter to 
the Trustees, requesting that they agree to sponsor a bill 
at the next session of the Legislature for the return to 
Islands Incorporated of the $38,199-60 credit held by the 
Trustees, should he be unable to locate desirable land suit- 
able for his purpose. Whereupon, the following resolution 
was adopted: 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, Under resolution of the Trustees Internal 
Improvement Fund under date of December 4th, 1929, it 
was recited that the said Trustees did on December 3rd, 
1926, convey to ISLANDS INCORPORATED those cer- 
tain islands, shallow banks or submerged flats, lying in 
Lake Worth, Palm Beaeh County, which said areas are 
known as Entry No. 17,773, containing 35.12 acres, and 
that a partial payment of $38,199.60 had been made to the 
Trustees upon said purchase; and 

WHEREAS, said resolution recites that the said 
ISLANDS INCORPORATED made application to the 
Secretary of War of the United States, for permission to 
dredge and fill said lands and that the Secretary of War 
denied the said application of Islands Incorporated for 
making such improvements, and that the said Islands, In- 
corporated are prevented from making use of the property 
conveyed to them by the said Trustees ; and 

WHEREAS, by said resolution it was resolved that the 
Trustees authorize Islands Incorporated to re-deed to the 
said Trustees the lands as above described free of all en- 
cumbrances and liens of taxes and to exercise the credit in 
the amount of $38,199.60 by the selection of other lands in 
said amount, which the Trustees agreed to convey when 
selected, provided, such selection should be made by 
Islands Incorporated not later than July 1st, 1932 ; and 

WHEREAS, by letter addressed to the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund, under date of January 6, 
1930, Mr. Francis S. Whitten, representing Islands, Incor- 
porated, advised that he had carefully examined the list of 
all lands now in the possession of the Trustees Internal 
Improvement Fund, and finds no lands suitable for sub- 
division purposes and requests the Trustees to pass a reso- 
lution agreeing that in ease he found no lands suitable for 



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the purposes of Islands Incorporated before the conven- 
ing of the next Legislature, that the Trustees would spon- 
sor and support a Legislative Act at the next session of the 
State Legislature to return to Islands Incorporated the 
sum of $38,199.60, subject to the provisions that this pay- 
ment will not take precedence over any payments due and 
payable by the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
for taxes and current expenses. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the' Trustees 
Internal Improvement Fund, in consideration of the prem- 
ises, agree that, in ease Franeis S. Whitten, representing 
Islands Incorporated finds no lands suitable for their 
purposes before the convening of the next Legislature, in 
accordance with their above mentioned resolution of De- 
cember 4th, 1929, they will, in accordance with the above 
request, sponsor and support a Legislative Act at the next 
session of the State Legislature to return to Islands incor- 
porated the sum of $38,199.60, subject to the provisions 
that this payment will not take precedence over any pay- 
ment due and payable by the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund for taxes and current expenses. 



Financial Statement for the month of December, 1929, 
was presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR DECEMBER, 1929 

Balance in Fund December 1, 
1929 $ 32,502.89 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts 1923, and Ch. 10024, Acts 
of 1925 1,375.35 

From sale of sand, shell and 

gravel .■ 511.16 

From sale of minutes 1.50 

Forfeit by L. C. Hagler in re land 
matter ; see minutes of Board 
4-19-27 199.65 

Receipts on account of Trustees' 

Certificate 1.50 

Forfeit by R. J. Tygert in re 
land matter; see minutes of 
Board 12-17-1929 476.25 



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Receipts on account squatter's 

claims and lease 1,00 

From land sales ($1,242.43) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($310.60) 931.83 

$ 36,001.13 
Less Disbursements 2,658.52 

Balance • on hand January 1, 

1930 $ 33,342.61 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 32,342.61 

$ 33,342.61 
BALANCES IN BANKS JANUARY 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 6,665.12 

Harriett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 8,314.47 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 3,628.84 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 7,585.79 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla 1,859.80 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 1,732.57 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 436.42 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 1,119.60 

Capital City Bank — Special Ac- 
count 1,000.00 

$ 32,342.61 
DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 
1929 No. In Favor of; Amount 

Dec. 6, 7979 Alice M. Hayden $ 134.00 

7980 Stapp, Gourley, Vining & 

Ward 100.00 



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» 

Date Cheek 

1929 No. In favor of: Amount 

Dec. 19, 7981 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 3.80 

7982 J. L. Barber, C. C. C 4.80 

7983 Post Publishing Co 8.25 

7984 DeLand Sun-News 18.00 

7985 Miami Herald 9.00 

7986 Chas. H. Doliver . 5.15 

7987 F. E. Bayleas 58.29 

7988 Western Union Telegraph Co. 8.63 

7989 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. . - 1.68 

7990 Southern Telephone & Con- 

struction Co 4.25 

30, 7991 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

7992 A. H. Richardson 623.50 

7993 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

7994 F. E. Bayiess 233.34 

7995 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

7996 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

7997 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

7998 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

7999 Hattie Bell 83.33 

8000 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

8001 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

$ 2,658.52 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST- Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, January 7, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and the 
State Board of Education met in joint session on this date 
in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mavo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 
And— 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 



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W. M. Igou, Secretary of State, 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

W. S. Cawthon, Supt. of Public Instruction, 



Mr. Francis S. Whitten of Miami presented to the joint 
Boards a letter in reference to certain property in Dade 
County, Florida. After a discussion of the subject matter 
of Mr. Whitten 's letter, Mr. Davis moved that the request 
and proposal of Mr. Whitten be accepted. Seconded by 
Mr. Igou and upon vote adopted by both Boards. Where- 
upon, Counsel for the Trustees, acting also for the State 
Board of Education, was directed to draft an agreement 
embodying the necessary data set forth in Mr. Whitten 's 
letter, together with such other matter as may be required 
to cover the facts in the case and as a lease and purchase 
agreement between the Trustees and the State Board of 
Education with Islands Incorporated, as represented by 
Mr. Whitten. 



Proposed agreement between Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund and the State Board of Education, with 
Islands Incorporated having been prepared, same was pre- 
sented to the above Boards at joint meeting for examina- 
tion. Upon consideration of the agreement as drawn, Mr. 
Davis moved that the same be executed by both Boards, and 
that the agreement and letter from Mr. Whitten be copied 
into the minutes of both Boards. Seconded by Mr. Mayo, 
adopted, and agreement duly executed and delivered. 

"Tallahassee, Florida, January 7, 1930. 

To the Trustees of the Internal 

Improvement Fund, and 
The State Board of Education, 
Tallahassee, Florida. 

Gentlemen : 

In 1919 I acquired through purchase from the Wayne 
Realty Company, for the sum of seventy-five thousand dol- 
lars, a deed conveying a line of title from W. H. Gleason, 
original patentee of the Department of the Interior, Wash- 
ington, D. C, for approximately eighty -three (83) aeres of 
land lying in Section Nineteen (19), Township Fifty-three 
(53) South, Range Forty-two (42) East, and described in 
the deed as the North Half of Lot One, and all of Lot Two. 



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This title ran back nearly fifty years, and had been attacked 
on various points both in Washington and in the local 
courts, but in each ease the Department of the Interior 
sustained the title in Gleason, and in bankruptcy proceed- 
ings in the local courts Gleason was allowed to retain this 
property as his homestead. When I purchased the prop- 
erty I had the title examined by Shutts & Bowen of Miami, 
Florida, who pronounced the title a good marketable title. 

About one year later, while I was actively engaged in 
filling this property, Charles R. Pierce and John M. Sutton 
purporting to represent one Reid, but really acting for 
themselves, filed an application for this land under the 
Forest Lieu Selection Act, alleging that the land was wild, 
unoccupied and non-mineral. At about the same time John 
H. Murrell, special appointee of the Board of Education, 
and who also owned an interest in the so-called Hampton 
Claim, filed a School Board application for this land. Both 
of these claims were filed while I was developing the prop- 
erty for a subdivision, at an expense of about fifty-five thou- 
sand dollars. 

The matter eame before the Department of the Interior 
and four decisions were handed down in my favor by the 
Solicitor of the Land Department and the Secretary of the 
Interior. The Secretary finally announced his intention of 
issuing a supplementary patent confirming my title. My 
opponents took the case into the courts and a decision was 
handed down by Justice Hitz of the Supreme Court of the 
District of Columbia iu 1924, which decreed that the Secre- 
tary had erred ; that the alleged line of title I had acquired 
was defective; that the land in question actually belonged 
to the United States Government, and that full legal force 
and effect should be given to the Reid or Sutton applica- 
tion by the Department, 

A long legal battle resulted through a lack of understand- 
ing on the part of the courts of some of the points involved, 
with the result that it was not until four years later. — 
March, 1928 — that the Department of the Interior was able 
to hold a hearing in Miami, Florida, to determine the exact 
facts of the case. At this hearing I fully vindicated my 
contentions for preferential rights and was supported in 
this by an opinion recently forwarded to the Department 
of the Interior by the Registrar at Gainesville. 

Again Pierce and Sutton attempted the get the matter 
into the courts and were able to delay matters until the 



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late fall of 1929 through the filing of applications asking 
for injunctions. 

These legal battles, and the expense incident thereto, have 
resulted in an expenditure by me of upwards of eighty 
thousand dollars. 

The whole matter is now before the Department for ad- 
judication. In order to close up this situation at an early 
date, I have asked the Department to delay sixty days in 
its consideration of the case while I endeavor to arrange a 
compromise through the purchase of the claims of the vari- 
ous litigants — not because of any belief that they have any 
rights, but solely to get possession of the property while 
there' is yet time to reestablish the trend to the Northeast 
Section of Miami, for if something is not done along this 
line at an early date I believe that the former value of this 
property will be forever 16st. 

I desire to make the following proposition to the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund : 

I will use my best efforts to have the Department of the 
Interior at Washington issue a patent under the Swamp 
Land Aet to the Trustees for the North Half of Lot One, 
and for all of Lot Two hereinbefore described, and contain- 
ing approximately eighty-three acres. If the Department 
of the Inferior refuses to patent said land under the Swamp 
Land Act, it may agree to deed it to the State Board of 
Education. 

I request that the Trustees and State Board of Educa- 
tion enter into an agreement at this meeting, agreeing to 
lease the property to my appointee, Islands Incorporated, a 
Florida corporation, address, Calumet Building, Miami, 
Florida, for a period of six years from the date of the issu- 
ance of patent, at two dollars and fifty cents an acre per 
year, with an option to purchase it at any time during that 
period for the sum of two thousand dollars. I believe that 
this lease is a fair one based on the present low market 
value of the property, which is due to its undeveloped con- 
dition and lack of availability for any purpose except that 
of a development as a subdivision. This development will 
recpiire large sums to be spent to make the property avail- 
able for the market, which market does not now exist, but 
which must be created. 

It should he noted that in case I am not able to fjuiet this 
title, litigation may continue for years to come. 



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It is my desire that the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund and the State Board of Education execute with 
me an agreement for lease and an option to purchase the 
lands hereinbefore referred to. 

With the hope that you will see the fairness of my 
proposition, and will cooperate in cleaning up this tangle, 
I have the honor to be 

Very obediently yours, 
FRANCIS S. WH1TTEN." 



AGREEMENT 



TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT 
FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND STATE 
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE STATE OF 
FLORIDA, TO ISLANDS INCORPORATED. 

THIS AGREEMENT made this 7th day of January, 
A. D. 1930, by and between 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor of the State of Florida, 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller of said State, 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer of said State, 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General of said State, and 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture of said State, 
As and constituting the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the State of Florida, parties of the 
first part, and 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor of the State of Florida, 
W. M. Igou, Secretary of State of said State, 
Fred H. Davis, Attnorney General of said State, 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer of said State, and 
W. S. Cawthon, State Superintendent of Public Instruc- 
tion of said State, 

As and constituting the State Board of Education of the 
State of Florida, parties of the second part, and ISLANDS 
INCORPORATED, a corporation organized and existing 
under the laws of the State of Florida, whose permanent 
postoffice address is Calumet Building, Miami. Florida, 
party of the third part. 

WITNESSETH i 

WHEREAS, by letter under date of January 7th, 1930, 
to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and to 
the State Board of Education, parties of the First and Sec- 



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ortd part above mentioned, Francis S. Whitten, represent- 
ing Islands Incorporated, sets forth in said letter that he 
is the purchaser of the lands hereinafter described from a 
person purporting to have had valid title thereto, and that 
in addition to the purchase price he has expended large 
sums of money in the improvement of said lands ; and 

WHEREAS, It appears that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund did on the 16th day of May, 1884, file 
application for patent under the Swamp and Overflowed 
Land Grant Aet, which application has not at this date been 
finally passed upon ; and 

WHEREAS, It appears that the State Board of Educa- 
tion of Florida, through its agent, had filed application for 
patent under the School Indemnity Aet, which application 
has not been finally passed upon, and that by reason of the 
foregoing each of the parties hereto claim an equity or cer- 
tain rights in said lands; and 

WHEREAS, said Francis S. Whitten, representing 
Islands Inc., has indicated his purpose to use his best efforts 
to assist in securing patent to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund under the Swamp Land Grant Act cov- 
ering said lands, and in the event of failure to secure patent 
to all said lands that he will use his best efforts to assist in 
securing patent to the State Board of Education to such 
part of said lands claimed by the State Board of Education. 

NOW, THEREFORE, In consideration of the premises 
and in consideration of One Dollar ($1.00) in hand paid to 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, and One 
Dollar ($1.00) in hand paid to the State Board of Educa- 
tion by Islands Incorporated, receipt of which is hereby 
acknowledged, and in consideration of the following mutual 
covenants and conditions, the parties of the First part and 
the parties of the Second part agree to lease to the party of 
the Third part, as their respective interests may appear, 
for the period beginning at the date of issuance of patent 
to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and/or 
to the State Board of Education, and ending Six (6) years 
from said date for an annual rental of Two Dollars Fifty 
Cents ($2.50) per acre, the following described land: 

The North Half (Ny 2 ) of Lot One (1) and all of 
Lot Two (2), in Section Nineteen (19), Town- 
ship Fifty-three (53) South, Range Forty-two 



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(42) East, lying and being in Dade County, State 
of Florida, and containing Eighty-Three (83) 
acres, more or less. 

It is further agreed that at any time within six years 
from the date when said lands may be patented to the 
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and/or to the 
State Board of Education, the party of the Third part may 
purchase said lands for the sum of Two Thousand Dollars 
($2,000.00) and the parties of the First part and the par- 
ties of the Second part agree, upon such application, after 
patent of said lands, to convey by quit-elaim deed to the 
party of the Third part the above described binds for the 
said sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00). 

This agreement is conditioned upon patent being issued 
for the sibove lands to the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund and/or to the State Board of Education 
1>3' January 15th, 1940, otherwise to become null and void 
and of no effect. 

It is further agreed that the provisions of this agreement 
shall apply to the parties of the First part and to the par- 
ties of the Second part, and their successors in office, and 
to the party of the Third part and to its successors and 
assigns. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, The said Trustees have 
hereunto ; and to two other instruments of like tenor and 
date, subscribed their names and affixed their seals and 
have caused the seal of THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRI- 
CULTURE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA to be affixed. 
and all members of the State Board of Education have 
subscribed their names and affixed their seals and have 
caused the seal of THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICUL- 
TURE OF THE STATE OP FLORIDA to be affixed, and 
ISLANDS INCORPORATED has execnted the same by 
its proper officers thereunto duly authorized the date and 
year above first written. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, (SEAL) 

Governor, 
ERNEST ALIOS, (SEAL) 

Comptroller. 
(SEAL) W. V. KNOTT, (SEAL) 

ATTEST : Treasurer. 

F. C. Elliot, FRED H. DAVIS, (SEAL) 

Secretary. Attorney General. 






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(SEAL) 
ATTEST : 
Nathan Mayo, 
Commissioner of 
Agriculture. 



NATHAN MAYO, (SEAL) 

Commissioner of Agriculture. 

As and constituting the Trustees 
of- the Internal Improvement 
Fund of the State of Florida. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, (SEAL) 

Governor. 
W. M. IGOU, (SEAL) 

Secretary of State. 
FRED H. DAVIS, (SEAL) 

Attorney General. 
W. V. KNOTT, (SEAL) 

Treasurer. 
W. S. CAWTHON, (SEAL) 

State Superintendent 
of Public Instruction. 
As and constituting the State 
Board of Education. 

ISLANDS INCORPORATED, 
By FRANCIS S. WHITTEN, 

Its President. 
(SEAL) 
ATTEST: Olive Eden, 
Its Secretary. 



Upon motion the Joint Boards adjourned. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



Tallahassee, Florida, January 11, 1930. 

Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on this 
day in the office of the Governor, Capitol building: 

Present: 

Doyle E, Carlton, Governor. 

W. V, Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Trastes met for the purpose of considering the re- 
quest of Mr. J. H. Peeples of Moore Haven, that a right- 



of-way be granted by the Trustees through lands owned 
by them for State Road No. 29, authorized to be con- 
structed at the 1929 session of the Legislature. 

Upon discussion of the subject, the following RESOLU- 
TION was adopted: 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, by Chapter 13846, Acts of the Legislature, 
Regular Session, 1929, the State Road Department was 
authorized and directed to construct a certain road, being 
a part of State Road No. 29, along the northwest shores 
of Lake Okeechobee from Indian Prairie Canal to connect 
with an existing road along the shores of the lake extend- 
ing from the City of Okeechobee to the Kissimmee River; 
and 

WHEREAS, the location of the said road as determined 
by the State Road Department will pass over, along and 
through certain lands owned by the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund, and to the end that the State 
Road Department may have proper right-of-way through 
the lands owned by the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment fund ; now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida hereby set aside 
from lands owned by the said Trustees, a strip along 
said road location, and they hereby agree to grant to the 
said State Road Department, upon a proper description, to 
be furnished by said State Road Department, a right-of- 
way through such lands as the said Trustees own unen- 
cumbered, for the purpose of said road, said right-of-way 
grant to be under the usual conditions and covenants 
which the Trustees prescribe in the premises in reference 
to drainage, flood control, and the reclamation of the land. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



Tallahassee, Florida, January 14, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 



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Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. Vernon Priee- 
Williams of Miami, requesting permit to construct pipe 
lines for gas and oil up the Caloosahatchee Canal to Lake 
Okeechobee, thence around the shore of the lake to Miami 
Canal, thence down Miami Canal and also along South 
New River and Dania Canals. 

After discussion, Mr. Knott moved that permit for the 
construction of pipe lines as above be granted to Mr. Price- 
Williams under certain conditions and requirements. Sec- 
onded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Southern 
Sugar Company asking for extension on payment of $4,- 
399.13, with 6% interest, due December 14, 1929, allow* 
ing them to pay 50% of the amount February 1st 1930, 
and 50% March 1st, 1930. 

Mr. Davis movqd that the extension be granted provided 
the payments were made as above set forth. Seconded by 
Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. L. C. Komer of Canal Point made an offer of $10.00 
per acre for Tract 3 of Section 34, Township 40 South, 
Range 32 East, Glades County, containing 53.97 acres. 

The offer was declined and the Land Department di- 
rected to so advise Mr. Komer, 



The Secretary was authorized to employ assistance in 
compiling certain tax information to be used in conjunc- 
tion with audit being made of Everglades Drainage 
District. 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. J. B. 
Conyers of Fort Myers, requesting that amount paid by 
him for surveys — $90.00 — -be credited on the purchase price 
of an island containing approximately 4 acres, in Lee 
County, which the Trustees had agreed to sell to him at 
$50.00 per acre cash. 

The request was denied and the Land Department di- 
rected to so advise Mr. Conyers. 



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Mr. Bayless of the Land Department reported that Mr. 
Mcintosh, Counsel, had transmitted to him letter from Mr. 
J. E. Beardsley, relative to reservation made for boulevard 
right-of-way in Section 28, Township 43 South, Range 
35 East, along laud purchased from the Trustees by T. J. 
Champion and sold by him to Mr. Beardsley. Mr. Beards- 
ley requests that the Trustees release the reservation to the 
present owners of the land as the road has been located 
on other land and right-of-way above referred to will not 
be used. 

Mr. Bayless was directed to ascertain if the original 
purchaser paid for the land reserved for the road, and 
report to the Board. 

The Land Department presented request from H. E. 
Hobson of El Jobean for examination of an island in 
Myakka River which he desired to purchase. 

It was ordered that Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, make 
an examination of the island and report to the Board. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Pla..$ .68 
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla. 1.07 
The Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Talla- 
hassee, Fla 4.25 

Arteraf t Printers, Tallahassee, Pla 53.50 

M. C. Melntosh, Counsel, Tallahassee, Fla. . . . 5.85 

Wallis Engineering Co., West Palm Beach, Pla. 30.00 

W. II. Mav, Postmaster, Tallahassee. Fla 10.00 



105.35 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



^ Tallahassee, Florida, January 29, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 



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The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer $ 325.00 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent — Salary and Ex- 
pense Account 471.64 

M. C. Melntosh, Counsel 229.16 

P. E. Bavless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwvnn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk .. - f . . 50.00 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C, DeLand, Fla 1.75 

Pred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, 

Pla 46.20 

F. P. Jackson, Tax Clerk, Tallahassee, Fla. . . . 64.82 

$ 2,283.59 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST- Governor-Chairman. 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, February 6, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. Elliot reported that certificated land held by the 
Trustees in Everglades Drainage District would be as- 
sessed for the 1930 taxes unless the Tax Assessors were in- 
structed to not assess such lands. 

Mr. Knott moved that Mr. Elliot have such list of cer- 
tificated lands prepared and forwarded to the Tax As- 
sessors of the several counties in the Everglades Drainage 
District, directing that these lands be left off the tax roll 
and reported as errors at the end of the year. Seconded 
by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



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The Chief Drainage Engineer was authorized to employ 
additional help to assist in getting out the necessary lists. 

The Trustees authorized Mr, Elliot to purchase a Ditto 
machine for getting out necessary forms, etc. 

Financial Statement for the month of January, 1930, 
was presented and ordered placed of record. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JANUARY, 1930 

Balance in Fund January 1, 1930 $ 33,342.61 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 3,516.19 

From sale of sand, shell and gravel 456.53 

From land leases 500.00 

Interest due 12-31-1929 on Peli- 
can Lake Sub-Drainage Dis- 
District 6% Bonds 330.00 

From redemption of Pelican Lake 
Sub-Drainage District Bonds 
matured 1,000.00 

From oil leases 716.48 

To adjust error in reconciling 
Florida National Bank {J ax) 
December, 1929, statement ... 20.00 

Interest on deposits for quarter 
ending 12-31-29 900.46 

Reimbursement on account of ad- 
vertising 18.00 

From land sales ($753.78) less 
2d% to State School Fund 
($188.43) , 565.35 

$ 41,365.62 
Less Disbursements 6,746.21 

Balance on hand February 1, 1930 $ 34,619.41 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 33,619.41 

$ 34,619.41 

10— I. I. F. 







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BALANCES IN BANKS FEBRUARY 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 4,598.36 

Harnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla 4,053.48 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla 9,614.20 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 7,674.36 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,925.77 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee^ 
Fla 3,145.00 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla. 474.69 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 1,133.55 

Capital City Bank — Special Ac- 
count 1,000.00 



$ 33,6l£4l 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1930 No. In Favor of: Amount 

Jan. 2, 8002 W. A. Lewie $ 20.00 

15, 8003 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. . . .68 

8004 Western Union Telegraph Co. 1.07 

8005 Southern Telephone Constr, 

Co 4.25 

8006 Artcraft Printers 53.50 

8007 M.C.Mcintosh 5.85 

8008 Wallk Engineering Co 30.00 

8009 W. II . May, Postmaster 10.00 

. 17, 8010 W. V. Knott, St. Tr„ for Bob 

Simpson 4,337.28 

31, 8011 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

8012 A. R. Richardson 471.64 

8013 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

8014 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

8015 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8016 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

8017 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8018 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

8019 H. L. Shearer 50.00 



Date 


Check 


1930 


No. 


an. 31, 


8020 




8021 




8022 




8023 




8024 




8025 



291 



In favor of: Amount 

Hattie Bell 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

Eobert Wynn 40.00 

Samuel D. Jordan, C. C. C. . . 1.75 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 46.20 

F. P. Jackson 64.82 



$ 6,746.21 



Mr. Elliot advised the Trustees that Messrs. Hall, Pent- 
land & Keller, Certified Public Accountants, who had been 
employed by the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District to make an audit of Everglades Drain- 
age District, had encountered the following situation : 

That drainage tax certificates held by the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund, redemption of certificates, 
whether through the Clerk of the Court or through the 
Trustees, or the sale of certificated lands, were the basis 
upon which the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund and the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District were interested parties; that the Trus- 
tees had a large equity in such certificates and Everglades 
Drainage District also had an equity in a large portion of 
such certificates ; that in order to determine the interest of 
the Trustees and of the Drainage Board in such certificates 
it would be necessary to make computations on all of these 
certificates: First, for determining the total amount rep- 
resented at this date by such certificates ; Second, for de- 
termining the amount involved in such certificates as the 
interest of the Trustees and of the Drainage Board, re- 
spectively, and Third, the moneys already having accrued 
to the Drainage Board through such certificates. 

The third item requires an audit as between the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund and the Everglades 
Drainage District on account of such certificates. 

Upon a discussion of the subject the Secretary was 
authorized to employ such additional assistance as was 
necessary to a complete listing of such certificates, to- 
gether with making computations thereon and to turn over 
such lists and computations to Messrs. Hall, Pentland & 
Keller *n connection with their audit for Everglades 
Drainage District, and that Messrs. Hall, Pentland & Kel- 



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ler be authorized to supervise the making of the lists and 
computations on such certificates and an accounting 
thereon as might be necessary as between the two Boards. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller -Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, February 11, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami requested the Trustees 
to allow him to apply his credit of $40,000.00 on the pay- 
ment of certain lands in Township 42 South, Range 37 
East, and Township 43 South, Range 36 East, containing 
approximately 385 acres. 

After discussion, the members present signified their 
willingness to allow Mr. Horobin to take up his credit of 
$40,000.00 in lands at the price placed on the lands by 
the State, the acreage to amount to between 255 and 260 
acres, upon condition that Mr. Horobin pay the back taxes 
due on lands reconveyed by him to the State, amounting to 
approximately $3,000.00, and also pay the 1930 taxes on 
the lands to be deeded to him. The above subject to the ap- 
proval of the other members of the Trustees, 



Mr. C. P. Weidling and Mr. L. J. Ullian of Fort Lauder- 
dale appeared before the Trustees and requested an oil 
lease on approximately 30,000 acres of land in Broward 
County upon the usual terms and conditions, except in 
two instances: That the company have until November 
1, 1930, to make payment of the first year's taxes on the 
land, or in lieu of such taxes to take an eighth interest in 
a well now being driRed by said company in Broward 
County; that the well now being drilled be considered as 
the first well required by the Trustees in leases of this kind. 



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Mr. Weidling submitted the following information as 
to the well: 

Drilled to a depth of 3,010 feet ; 

Approximately $35,000 cash already spent on 
development of the well, with stock sold to Brow- 
ard County citizens amounting to around $100,- 
000; 

Cost of completing well estimated at between 
$35,000 and $50,000; 

Well located on a fifty (50) foot lot owned by 
the company; 

Well already encased. 

Mr. Amos stated that, with the consent of the other 
members of the Board he would be willing to give the said 
company every *consideration possible. The two other 
members present agreed with Mr. Amos, and the matter 
was ordered held over for a full meeting of the Trustees. 



Mr. W. T. Wallis, Jr., representing Brown Company of 
Portland, Maine, advised the Trustees that the last pay- 
ment by Brown Company on laud purchased from the 
State would be due in June and that before correct de- 
scription could be ascertained for deed, a survey would 
have to be made to determine the township lines. 

Upon inquiry it was ascertained that in cases of this 
kind the State and the adjacent owner paid for the survey 
in proportion to ownership. 

Mr. Davis moved that the past practice of the Trustees 
be followed in this instance. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted. 



Mr. W. T. Wallis, Jr., on behalf of Brown Company, 
made a tentative offer for advance payment of Brown Com- 
pany's note due in June, subject to acceptance by Brown 
Company, upon condition that interest from date of pay- 
ment to maturity date be waived and all petroleum and 
phosphate rights in the lands be granted to said company. 

The matter was ordered held for a full board meeting. 

Upon motion, duly seconded, the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
..__._ Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 

A.1 X r.M : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, February 17, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present: 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. *l 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. Elliot reported that a Federal hearing on Lone Cab- 
bage Island would be held at Little Rock, Arkansas, dur- 
ing the week of February 17th, at which Government wit- 
nesses whose testimony will be very valuable, will be heard, 
and desired to know if Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, 
should attend the hearing and take testimony given by 
Government Agents. * 

After discussion, Mr. Davis moved that Mr, Richardson 
be directed to go to Little Rock to attend said hearing as 
the representative of the State. Seconded by Mr. Mayo 
and upon vote adopted. 



The matter presented to the Trustees February 11th by 
W. T. Wallis, Jr., for Brown Company, with reference to 
advance payment of note due in June, was again con- 
sidered. 

Upon discussion, motion was made, seconded and 
adopted, directing the Secretary to advise Mr. Wallis that 
the Trustees had decided to not accept the tentative offer 
made by him. 

Mr, Bert R. Chaplin of Miami made application to 
purchase the tax certificates held by the Trustees on 70 
acres of land in Section 1, Township 50 South, Range 41 
East, Broward County, making an offer of $177.24, which 
is the amount necessary to pay taxes and costs on the said 
land. 

The Trustees having adopted the policy, in the case of 
other than the original owner, of requiring the payment of 
a certain amount plus taxes and costs, Mr. Davis moved 
that the Secretary advise Mr. Chaplin that the Trustees 
would accept an offer of taxes and cost plus $5.00 per 
acre. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. J. B. Jeffries, 
of South Florida conservancy District, requesting proxy 



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from the Trustees to vote the State's acreage at a meeting 
for the election of a Supervisor, Mr. Jeffries being a can- 
didate to succeed himself. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, it was decided that 
the Trustees would not issue proxy at this time, but would 
hold the matter over for further consideration. 



Mr, Elliot reported that the Trustees owned a large 
number of Drainage Tax Certificates and that if the land 
covered by such certificates were assessed, the Trustees 
would have to pay the taxes thereon. 

After discussion, Mr. Knott moved that the Secretary 
forward list of certificated lands held by the Trustees to 
the Tax Assessors of the several counties in the Everglades 
Drainage District and instruct them to not assess such 
lands. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees re- 
cessed to meet at 3 o'clock P, M. 



3 O'clock P. M. 

The Secretary reported that the list of lands owned by 
the Trustees within Everglades Drainage District had been 
prepared and was now ready to be certified to the Board 
of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District for 
transmittal to the Tax Assessors. Whereupon, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, Pursuant to Section 1593, Compiled Gen- 
eral Laws of Florida, the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the State of Florida are required to 
ascertain and certify the assessed value of lands of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund within Everglades Drainage 
District to the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District, and the said Trustees having ascer- 
tained the assessed valuation of said lands ; now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the assessed value of lands of 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund as ascer- 
tained by the said Trustees for the year 1930 be and the 
same are hereby certified to the Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District as set forth on the at- 
tached lists, whieh said lists are identified by the signa- 



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ture of the Governor and attested by the Secretary under 
the seal of said Trustees. 



Mr, Elliot presented amendment to form of oil lease 
which had been gone over by Mr. Mcintosh and himself 
and recommended by them. 

Mr. Amos moved that the oil lease form be amended as 
suggested by Mr. Elliot as to all future leases and that 
stipulations containing the amendment be attached to all 
former leases if. acceptable to lessee. Seconded by Mr. 
Davis and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented application from Judge 
H. B. Phillips of South Jacksonville, for his client, Dr. L. 
E. Bransford, to purchase 10 acres of land on Alligator 
Key, requesting the Trustees to make a price thereon. 

Mr. Mayo made a motion that the Trustees sell the land 
at a price "of $100.00 per acre, in line with other land of 
that character. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote 
adopted. The Land Department was directed to so advise 
Judge Phillips. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, stated that with reference 
to exchange of lands with Southern Sugar Company, he 
had received letter from Doggett, Christy & Doggett, at- 
torneys for said company, agreeing to aceept in lieu of 
abstract the statement of the Commissioner of Agriculture 
with reference to lands that had not been conveyed by the 
Trustees, but that they desired abstracts with reference to 
all lands that had been at any time conveyed. 

Upon suggestion of Mr, Knott, Mr, Mcintosh was di- 
rected to secure from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of 
Palm Beach County, in which the lands are located, a cer- 
tificate as to each parcel of land as shown by the records 
in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. E, L. 
Stapp of Miami, relative to reconveyance of Section 18, 
Township 57 South, Range 39 East, Dade County, to the 
Trustees by Stavinard Investment Company. 

Upon discussion of the contents of the letter, the Trus- 
tees directed the Land Office to write Mr, Stapp request- 
ing that he obtain deed from Biscayne Corporation to the 
Trustees, covering the land being reeonveyed by Stavinard 



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Investment Company; that plat be revoked insofar as it 
affeots the area to be reconveyed to the Trustees, and that 
permission be given to the Trustees to date the deed De- 
cember 29, 1929, instead of January, 1930, in order to 
eliminate 1930 taxes; also Mr. Stapp to have the eity and 
county authorities send statement covering all delinquent 
taxes on lauds. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to take up 
with the Tax Adjustment Board of Dade County, the mat- 
ter of adjustment of past due taxes on the above land. 



Letter was received from Southern Sugar Company re- 
questing additional extension of time on payment of note 
due December 14, 1929. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to the extension as requested — payment of one-half 
the amount of note to be made March 1st, 1930, and bal- 
ance April 1st, 1930. 

The Land Department presented letter from W. W. 
Lydell of Jacksonville, making an offer of $5.00 on behalf 
of his elient, Charlotte Watson, colored, for quit-claim 
deed to Lot 14, Section 10 T Township 2 South, Range 25 
East — 40 acres — in Duval County, and advising that his 
client had paid taxes on the land for 40 years, having 
acquired title through tax deed. Original purchaser, Wil- 
liam E, Jackson. 

It being ascertained that the records in the Land Office 
disclose an error in the transfer of the lot, Mr. Mayo 
moved that the Trustees issue quit-claim deed to the said 
Charlotte Watson for the sum of $5.00. Seconded by Mr. 
Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Tom Conely of Okeechobee, on behalf of his client, 
W. M. Vickers, requested the Trustees to reduce the price 
on land purchased in the Eagle Bay section. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees de- 
clined to make any reduction as the original price made 
the settlers was below the value of the land. 



Mr. C. A, Leitner of Okeechobee requested the Trustees 
to refund $300.00 deposited with the Trustees in 1925 as 
first payment on land in Eagle Bay Section, as survey 
had not been made and he did not care to purchase the 
land. 



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After discussion, the Trustees decided to not refund the 
money, but directed the Land Department to advise -Mr. 
Leitner that a representative of the State would be in 
that vicinity in the near future to take up the matter of 
survey. It was so ordered. 



The Trustees directed that Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, 
go to Okeechobee and make an effort to see parties having 
deposits on Eagle Bay Land and notify them that survey 
would be made and deeds issued to them. 



The Land Department submitted letter from Mr, Gil- 
lespie Dun lop of Bronson, Florida, in which he advises 
that his client has paid taxes on the SE*4 of SW14 of 
Section 18, Township 12 South, Range 17 East — 40 acres 
— in Levy County, since 1881, and has just learned that 
the Trustees have an equity in the land. Mr. Dunlop de- 
sires to know at what price the Trustees will sell their in- 
terest in the land. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to ascer- 
tain what Mr. Dunlop 's client will offer the Trustees. 



A letter was presented from Mr. St. Elmo W. Acosta, 
Park Commissioner of Jacksonville, with reference to the 
City of Jacksonville acquiring certain islands in the St. 
Johns River for park purposes. 

The matter was ordered held over for further consider- 
ation. 



The Land Department presented an offer from J. H. 
Anderson of $8.00 per acre for the N% of NW*4 of Sec- 
tion 22, Township 5, Range 15, Suwannee County — 80.22 
acres. 

Action was deferred pending investigation of the value 
of the land. 

A letter was presented from Mr. A. L. Vertommen, re- 
questing the Trustees to not deed a portion of Section 16 
Township 42 South, Range 27 East, for which he had made 
application, to Pelican Lake Farms, Inc., as he had an 
agreement with the said company to purchase the land 
from the Trustees and had made a deposit with the com- 
pany, which deposit had been returned to him after the 
agreement had been reached between the Trustees and the 
farmers. 



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The Land Department was directed to take the matter 
up with W. G. Smith, President of Pelican Lake Farms, 
Inc., for information on the subject. 



Application was received from Hull, Land is and White- 
hair of DeLand for the purchase by the City of New 
Smyrna of a small island in Township 17 South, Range 34 
Bast, Volusia County, containing 15.8 acres, adjoining 
property of the city, for which an offer of $10.00 per acre 
was made. 

Upon motion of Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
adopted, the»rTrustees accepted the offer of the City of 
New Smyrna for the said island, upon condition that the 
property be used for public purposes only. Whereupon 
the following advertisement for objections was ordered 
placed in the DeLand Sun-News : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, February 17, 1930. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold 
a meeting at Ten o'clock A. M., Tuesday, April 1st, 1930, 
at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following de- 
scribed submerged lands in Volusia County, Florida : 

Starting from an iron pin in the old Stone 
Wharf on north line Cavedo Grant, 

Thence South 11 degrees 13' East for a distance 
of 680 feet; 

Thence North 87 degrees 40' East for a distance 
of 375.5 feet to a stake which stake is the point of 
beginning. 

Thence South 17 degrees 33" East for a distance 
of 660.5 feet; 

Thence South 24 degrees 53' East for a distance 
of 680 feet ; 

Thence South 30 degrees 50' East for a distance 
of 646 feet; 

Thence South 47 degrees 30' East for a distance 
of 402.7 feet ; 

Thence North 7 degrees 36' West for a distance 
of 500 feet ; 

Thence North 24 degrees 57' West for a dis- 
tance of 218 feet ; 



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Thence Norths 32 degrees 27' West for a dis- 
tance of 215 feet; 

Thence North 25 degrees 30' West for a dis- 
tance of 315 feet ; 

Thence North 26 degrees 23' West for a dis- 
tance of 330 feet ; 

Thence North 25 degrees 33' West for a dis- 
tance' of 312 feet to TJ. S. Government channel 
marker ; 

Thence North 53 degrees 00' West for a dis- 
tance of 532 feet to the point of beginning. 

Containing 15.8 acres. 

Lying and being in Township 17 South, Range 
34 East, County of Volusia, State of Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062, 
Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person or 
persons who may have objection may have an opportunity 
to present same on date of sale as therein prescribed. 

By order of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund. 

. DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Mr. Gregor McLean of Clearwater, Florida, on behalf of 
his client, Eugene L. Pierce, requested the Trustees to ac- 
cept $101.25, being amount of note due July 3, 1929, in 
payment of said note. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
accepted the amount of $101.25 in full settlement of said 
note dated July 3, 1929. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. N. W. 
Kellar, Secretary of South Hastings Drainage District, ad- 
vising that the District held tax certificate amounting to 
$74.37 on lands owned by the Trustees in Section 20, Town- 
ship 11 South, Range 28 East — 40 acres — and requested 
to be advised if the Trustees desired to redeem the cer- 
tificate. 

The Land Department was directed to ascertain the value 
of the land and report to the Trustees before action was 
taken. 



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The matter presented to the Trustees on January 14th, 
relative to request of J. E. Beardsley for release of boule- 
vard right-of-way on land in Section 28, Township 43 South, 
Range 35 East, originally purchased by T. J. Champion, 
was again brought up for consideration. The Land Depart- 
ment reported that Mr. Champion had been given credit 
on his purchase for the right-of-way at the rate of $100.00 
per acre. 

In view of the foregoing, Mr. Knott moved that the Trus- 
tees release the right-of-way to adjacent owners upon pay- 
ment of $100.00 per acre. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon 
vote adopted. 



The offer of Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of $100.00 for an 
island in Biseayne Bay was declined and- the Land Depart- 
ment directed to so advise Mr. Horobin. 



Upon motion duly seconded and adopted, the Trustees 
adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, February 18, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Comptroller at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V, Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. J. Locke Kelly of Clearwater appeared before the 
Trustees relative to certain submerged land in Pinellas 
County, purchased by Dunedin Syndicate from the Trus- 
tees Internal Improvement Fund. Mr. Kelly presented a 
letter setting forth a statement in reference to the lands 
purchased by the above company, with request that the 
submerged lands in the N^ of Section 15, Township 28 
South, Range 15 East, be released from the mortgage. 

The Trustees, after discussing the matter, agreed to re- 
lease the submerged lands in the Ny 2 of Section 15, Town- 
ship 28 South. Range 15 East, from the mortgage — the bal- 



302 

ance of the land contained in the purchase to be continued 
in the mortgage as security for the purchase of the said 
lands. 

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Mr. N. R. Boniske of Jacksonville appeared before the 
Trustees relative to Entry No. 17,566 containing 108.73 
acres of land on Long Key, dated March 4, 1926, for which 
he agreed to pay $450.00 per acre on which a cash payment 
of one-fourth was made. Mr. Boniske stated that he would 
be unable to complete payment under the original agree- 
ment, and requested the Trustees to deed him one- fourth of 
the land at the purchase price, which amount had been 
paid, allow him to re-deed the three-fourths to the Trustees 
and- he would then make an offer to purchase from the Trus- 
tees the reconveyed balance of three-fourth for the sum of 
$4,077.38 cash. 

After discussing the matter, the Trustees agreed to deed 
to Mr. Boniske 27.18 acres, being one-fourth of the total of 
108.73, accept Mr. Boniske 's deed for the balance of three- 
fourths, being 81.55 acres, and then deed to Mr. Boniske 
the said 81.55 acres for the sum of 4,077.38 cash. 

Upon motion, duly seconded, the Trustees adjourned. 

EENEST AMOS, 
tmmnom Comptroller— Acting Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary, 



Tallahassee, Florida, February 25, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of the Trustees of January 7th, 11th, 14th, 
29th, and February 6th, 11th, 17th, and 18th, 1930, were 
presented and approved. 



Mr. Elliot presented a bill for the construction of five 
(5) bridges across Levee Canal in Palm Beach County. 

The Trustees on September 10, 1929, having agreed to 
pay $75.00 toward the construction of each of the bridges, 



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upon motion, seconded and adopted, approved the bill and 
ordered payment thereof. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on the 11th 
instant, two lots in Dorn Brothers Subdivision, and sale 
having been postponed until this date, Mr. Knott moved 
that the original owner be advised that sale would be made 
of the two lots if he did not care to exercise his option to 
redeem from outstanding taxes. Seconded by Mr. Mayo 
and upon vote adopted. 



Hon. W. M. Igou, accompanied by Mr. P. B. Alsobrook, of 
Leesburg, presented letter from Lake Griifin Pulp & Grass 
Company, making application for exclusive permit for a 
period of 99 years to cut sawgrass from all overflowed 
lands owned by the State. 

After discussion, Mr. Mayo moved that the proposition 
be taken under advisement. Seconded by Mr, Knott and 
upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Elliot presented request of Ola C. Tallman, pur- 
chaser of tax deed from the Trustees, for release of right- 
of-way reservation for canal purposes. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the request be granted, in view of 
the fact that it was a small tract of land and would not 
be needed by the Drainage Board for right-of-way pur- 
poses. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. B. P. Camp, Jr., of Jacksonville appeared before 
the Trustees in behalf of his brother, Paul D. Camp, with 
reference to his mortgage to the Trustees in the sum of 
$350.00 and submitted that the lands had been bought dur- 
ing the boom period at boom prices, and in view of that 
fact requested the Trustees to accept $200.00 in payment 
of said mortgage. 

Consideration of the proposition was deferred until next 
meeting of the Trustees. 



The proposition submitted by Mr. Thos. H. Horobin on 
February 11th, was again brought to the attention of the 
Trustees. Upon motion, duly seconded and adopted, the 
Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Horobin to use his credit of 
approximately $40,000.00 in payment of lands of the State 
located in Township 42 South, Range 37 East, and Town- 



304 

ship 43 South, Range 36 East — 269.46 acres, which he de- 
sires to purchase. Mr. Horobin to pay the back taxes on 
the Homestead property, reeonveyed to the State, and also 
pay the drainage taxes for the year 1930 on the lands to 
be deeded to him. 



The Land Department submitted an offer from Mr. Thos. 
H. Horobin of $1,000.00 for a small island in Biseayne 
Bay. 

Upon motion of Mr. Mayo, seconded by Mr. Knott, the 
offer was declined. 



The Trustees directed the Land Department to advise 
Mr. J. H. Anderson that they would accept $10.00 per 
acre for the Ny 2 of NW^4 of Seetion 22, Township 5 South, 
Range 15 East, Suwannee County, for which Mr. Ander- 
son had offered $8.00 per acre. 

Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, stated that J. B. Hainey, 
defendant in an ejectment suit recently pending in Palm 
Beach County, had sent up $300.00 as first payment on the 
purchase of 24 acres of reclaimed land in Lake Okeecho- 
bee occupied by him. Mr. Mcintosh suggested, that in 
view of the fact that the upland owner adjacent to the 
land being purchased by Mr. Hainey had only made the 
one-fourth cash payment on his land, and not being a resi- 
dent of Palm Beach County, that in lieu of securing writ- 
ten consent from the upland owner, an advertisement be 
published calling for objections to the sale, and if no ob- 
jections, sale be consummated to Mr. Hainey. 

Mr. Mcintosh also suggested that as the lands occupied 
by Mr. Hainey were irregular in shape, some portions be- 
ing separated from the meander line by only a small mar- 
gin, that it would be well to convey a regular shape tract 
using the meander line in that vicinity as one of the bound- 
aries. 

After consideration, the suggestions of Mr. Mcintosh 
were directed to be carried out ; also that the purchaser be 
required to furnish survey with description satisfactory 
to the Trustees, unless a proper description can be pre- 
pared without further survey. 



By letter of February 12th, Mr. Ben Shepard of Miami 
requested the Trustees to modify a contract entered into 
between himself and the Trustees in reference to certain 



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submerged lands) in Section 16, Township 54 South, Range 
42 East, which had been previously sold to P. H. Band, 
Jr., and Associates. The Trustees had entered into an 
agreement dated December 4th, 1929, with F. H, Rand, 
Jr., and Ben Shepard in reference to the above property. 
The changes in the above contract as requested by Mr. 
Shepard relate to the different arrangement of area on 
which bonds are to be issued and the issuing of an in- 
creased amount of bonds on this, together with other area. 

After discussion of the subject the Trustees were of the 
opinion that it would be advisable to enter into a new 
contract providing for the changes or modifications re- 
quested by Mr. Shepard. The contract having been re- 
ferred to Mr. Mcintosh, who reported same was in proper 
form, the Trustees ordered its execution by both parties 
and when so executed to take the place of the agreement of 
December 4th. 

Upon the execution of the new agreement, the agree- 
ment of December 4th, 1929, will become rescinded and 
cancelled. Whereupon, the Trustees directed that upon 
completion of the contract and its execution, the same be 
placed of record in the minutes. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

F. C. Elliott, Chief Drainage Engineer $ 325.00 

A. R, Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

Marvin C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man ' 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

P. P. Jackson, Extra Office Assistant 175.00 

C. K. Allen, Extra Office Assistant 69.64 

J, B. Shuman, Extra Office Assistant 91.07 

D. B. Pinkston, Extra Office Assistant 75.00 

Jessie Wilson, Stenographer 82.50 

Mrs. Bertha W. Bohler, Stenographer 82.50 

The Everglades News, Canal Point, Fla 7.50 

M. S. H. Kneale, Coral Gables, Fla 3.26 

$ 2,578.98 



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Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Cha irraa a. 
ATTEST : 

P. C, Elliott, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, March 4, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

The Minutes of the Trustees for February 25th, 193ft. 
were presented and approved. 



Mr. Elliot reported that the lists of lands owned by the 
State in Okeechobee Flood Control District were ready to 
be certified to the said District. Whereupon, the following 
resolution was adopted, and the Secretary directed to for- 
ward the said lists to Okeechobee Flood Control District : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, Pursuant to Section 7 of Chapter 13711, 
Laws of Florida, Acts of 1929, the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida are required to 
ascertain and certify the assessed value of lands of the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund within Okeechobee 
Flood Control District to the Board of Commissioners of 
said Okeechobee Flood Control District, and the said Trus- 
tees having ascertained the assessed value of said lands; 
Now, Therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the assessed value of the lands 
of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund as 
assessed by the said Trustees for the year 1930 be and the 
same are hereby certified to the Board of Commissioners of 
Okeechobee Flood Control District as set forth on the at- 
tached lists, which said lists are identified by the Signature 
of the Governor and attested by the Secretary under the 
seal of the said Trustees. 



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The Secretary presented letter from Mr. T. W. Conely 
of Okeechobee making an offer of $50.00, plus taxes, costs 
and penalties on lands in South Okeechobee, title to which 
has vested in the Trustees for non-payment of Everglades 
Drainage District taxes. 

Action was deferred for further consideration, and the 
Secretary was* directed to so advise Mr. Conely. 



Mr, C. M. Todd of Canal Point made an offer of $200.00 
per acre for Tract 25, Section 24, Township 42 South, 
Range 36 East, 4.57 acres in the Town of Pahokee. 

The offer was declined by the Trustees and the Land De- 
partment directed to so advise Mr. Todd. 



Mr. Geo. I. Fullerton of New Smyrna made application 
in behalf of his clients, Zelia Frances Bouchelle and Zelia 
Wilson Sweet, for 8.3 acres of submerged land adjacent to 
their upland in Volusia County, offering $100.00 per acre 
for the same. 

Upon motion of Mr. Knott, seconded by Mr. Amos, the 
Trustees agreed to sell the land to Mr. Fullerton J s clients 
at the price of $100.00 per acre, subject to advertisement 
for objections. 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. J. E. 
Beardsley with further reference to boulevard right-of-way 
on land purchased from the State by T. J. Champion, re- 
questing that the action of February 17th be reconsidered. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees de- 
cided to let their action of February 17th stand, wherein 
it was agreed to release the right-of-way at the rate of 
$100.00 per acre. 

The Land Department presented application from Gen- 
eral Industries, Inc., for an oil lease on approximately 
23,500 acres of land in Dade County, in Townships 53 and 
54, Range 37 and Township 55, Range 38. 

The Trustees agreed to grant the lease to said company, 
upon the usual terms and conditions, and directed that same 
be prepared for execution. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that he had gone 
into the matter of past due mortgage held by the Trustees 
on land sold to Mr. Paul D. Camp, which mortgage the 
Trustees had instructed him to foreclose, and as foreclosure 
proceedings had been instituted he thought it best to pro- 



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eeed with the suitN The Trustees directed Counsel to con- 
tinue the case to conclusion. . 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, was authorized to purchase 
bookcases for his office and have necessary repairs made to 
other cases in the office. 



Mr. Carl P. Weidling and Mr. L. J. Ullian of Fort Lau- 
derdale, appeared before the Trustees relative to request of 
February 11th, 1930, for oil lease on approximately 30,000 
acres of State land in Broward County. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to grant oil lease to Mr. L. J. Utlian upon the usual 
terms and conditions, except that the Trustees will allow 
the payment of the 1930 taxes to be made not later than 
November 1st, 1930, instead of in advance, and in lieu of 
the advance payment of taxes, the Trustees to have a one- 
eighth interest in the oil well now being drilled by the com- 
pany on their own land in Broward County, located on Lot 
25, Block 56, Croissant Park, a subdivision of Section 16, 
Township 50 South, Range 42 East, Fort Lauderdale ; also 
that the well being drilled to be considered as the first well 
required by the Trustees in oil leases. 

Mr. F. C. Elliot and Mr. M. C. Mcintosh reported to the 
Trustees relative to request presented February 25th by 
Mr. P. B. Alsobrook, representing Lake Griffin Pulp and 
Grass Company, for a permit to take saw-grass from State 
lands. 

After discussion it was decided that the attorney for the 
company be requested to confer with Mr. Elliot and Mr. 
Mcintosh and draft a form of lease to be presented to the 
Trustees for action. 

Hon. W. M. Igou presented telegram from Mr. Alsobrook 
requesting the Trustees to take action at as early date as 
possible. Whereupon, the Trustees expressed themselves as 
willing to grant a permit to the said company for a term 
of two years to take saw-grass without charge from a desig- 
nated area of approximately 30,000 acres, upon condition 
that a paper mill be constructed in the territory by the ex- 
piration of two years; that if the mill is constructed as above 
the Company shall be entitled to an extension of 10 years ; 
that the raw material not be shipped from the State but 
shall be made into the finished product within the State, 
and that additional permits will be granted to cover units 
of 25,000 acres for each additional mill constructed. 



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Financial Statement for the month of February, 1930, 
was presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR FEBRUARY, 1930 

Balance in Fund February 1, 1930 $ 34,619.41 

From Land Sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch, 10024, 
Acts of 1925 3,585.74 

Sales of sand, shell and gravel . . . 602.92 

Receipts on account of oil leases . . 938.29 

From land sales ($210.00) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($52.50) 157.50 

$ 39,903.86 
Less disbursements 2,980.44 

Balance on hand March 1, 1930. . $ 36,923.42 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 35,923.42 

$ 36,923.42 
BALANCES IN BANKS MARCH 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 4,196.90 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla, 4,053.48 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla. . . . . . 12,275.04 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 7,674.36 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,925.77 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 3,189.63 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 474.69 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 1,133.55 

Capital City Bank, special account 1,000.00 

$ 35,923.42 



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DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Cheek 

1930 No. In Favor of — Amount 

Feb. 17 8026 Southern Telephone & Const r. Co. $ 4.25 

8027 Western Union Telegraph Go. , . . 2.15 

8028 Postal Telegraph -Cable Co 1.94 

8029 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 8.27 

8030 H. & W. B. Drew Company 22.00 

8031 Everglades Publishing Co 2.00 

8032 Miami Publishing Co 10 01 

8033 Boy A. O'Bannon, T. C 7.99 

8034 A. R. Richardson 213.96 

8035 F. E. Bayless '..... 41.32 

8036 F. C. Elliot 20.00 

8037 E. B. Leatherman 17.39 

8038 M. C. Mcintosh 50.18 

28 8039 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

8040 A. R. Richardson I 333.34 

8041 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

8042 F. E. Bavless 233.34 

8043 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8044 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

8045 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8046 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

8047 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

8048 Hattie Bell 83.33 

8049 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

8050 F. P. Jackson 175.00 

8051 C. K. Allen 69.64 

8052 J. B. Shumau 91.07 

8053 D. B. Pinkston 75.00 

8054 Jessie Wilson 82.50 

8055 Mrs. Bertha W. Bohler 82.50 

8056 The Everglades News 7.50 

8057 M. S. H. Kneale 3.26 



$2,980.44 



Mr. Gillespie Dunlop of Bronson, who on February 17th 
made application to purchase the Trustees' claim in 40 
acres of land in Section 18, Township 12, Range 17, Levy 
County, on which his client has paid taxes since 1881, made 
an offer of 50 cents per acre for the Trustees' interest. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the offer was de- 
clined. 



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Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami submitted an amended 
offer of $2,500.00 for a small island off Biseayne Point of 
160 acres. The Trustees agreed to advertise the island for 
objections and highest bid. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad 
iourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman . 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, March 18, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E, Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. F. Dean Duff 
of Clewiston, asking to have proxies issued to Mr. R. Y. 
Patterson to vote the ownership of the Trustees at a land 
owners meeting to be held April 4th, for the purpose of 
electing Supervisors for the District. 

The Trustees decided not to issue their proxies for the 
meeting of Pahokee Drainage District on April 4th, and 
directed the Secretary to so advise Mr. Duff. 



Notice of application from Diekens and Shirey for as- 
signment of their Shell Leases to Southern Pearl Shell 
Company, was presented. 



After discussion, Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees se- 
cure financial statement from Southern Pearl Shell Com- 
pany and also that a condition of the assignment be that 
they not be used as the basis of a stock- selling scheme. Sec- 
onded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, requested authority from 
the Trustees to redeem Certificate in the amount of $17,30 
against land in Section 8, Township 1 South, Range 16 



312. 

East, Hamilton County, sold to Paul D. Camp and on 
which the Trustees have instituted foreclosure proceedings. 
The request was granted and check ordered issued in 
payment of said certificate. 



Mr. Elliot reported that Mr. Fred Van deVelde, pur- 
chaser of Tract 2 of Section 7, Township 40 South, Range 
33 East, had been unable to get correct survey of his land 
and offered to pay all expenses of helpers, etc., if the 
Trustees would have one of their engineers run the cor- 
rect lines, and that he had instructed Fred A. Flanders, 
Assistant Engineer at Moore Haven, to attend to this 
work. 

Mr. Knott moved that the action of Mr. Elliot be ap- 
proved as it was necessary to have these lines run. Sec- 
onded by Mr. Amos and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented request for refund to E. T. 
Harwood of Chicago for taxes for the years 1924 and 1927, 
on the ground that these lands were exempt from taxation. 

The Trustees directed that refund check be issued to 
Mr. Harwood. 

The Land Department presented bid from J. B. Hillis of 
Tampa of $5.00 per acre for 200 acres of land in Sections 
4 and 10, Township 33 South, Range 20 East, Manatee 
County. 

The offer was declined by the Trustees. 



The Trustees having declined the offer of Mr. C. M. 
Todd of Canal Point of $200.00 per acre for Tract 25, Sec- 
tion 24, Township 42 South, Range 36 East, Palm Beach 
County. The Land Department presented letter from Mr. 
Todd, setting forth in detail the facts leading up to his 
application. 

Action on the request was withheld and Mr. Richardson 
was directed to make investigation. 



The Land Department presented letter from Sir. W. G. 
Smith, President of Peliean Lake Farms, Inc., relative to 
complaint received from Mr. A. L. Vertommen as to action 
of Pelican Lake Farms; said letter having been referred 
to Mr, Smith by the Trustees. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to send Mr. 
Vertommen copy of letter from Mr. Smith. 



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Request of Mr. T. W. Conely of Okeechobee for refund 
to his client, C. A. Leitner, of $300.00 deposit on Eagle Bay 
land, was held until Mr. Richardson had an opportunity to 
make investigation. 



Mr. A. H. Ramsey of Miami requested the Trustees to 
allow him to redeed three-fourths of his original purchase, 
being Lots 8 and 9 of Section 13, Township 43 South, 
Range 36 East, Palm Beach County, and secure deed from 
the Trustees to one-fourth of the land for which cash pay- 
ment was made. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant Mr. Ramsey's request, upon condition that the 
land to be deeded to the Trustees is free of any encum- 
brances. 



Mr. T, W. Conley of Okeechobee, on behalf of his client, 
Mrs. W. M. Vickers, requested the Trustees to deed one- 
fourth of the land contained in her purchase of Section 
36, Township 38 South, Range 34 East, Okeechobee County, 
and allow her to redeed three-fourths to the Trustees and 
cancel mortgage and notes on the land. 

The Trustees granted the request upon condition that 
the land redeeded be free from all encumbrances. 



The Trustees authorized the payment of South Hastings 
Drainage District taxes on the NE*4 of NE^ of Section 
20, Township 11 South, Range 28 East, amounting to 
$74,37, being the face of the Certificate against the land — 
penalties arid costs not to be paid by the Trustees. 



The Trustees agreed to permit Mr. Francis S, Whitten 
of Miami to apply his credit upon oil leases to the extent 
of the acreage lease price representing the payments for 
taxes in accordance with the standard form of lease, but 
not to apply such credit to any royalties which may result 
from encountering oil in commercial quantities upon lands 
of the Trustees, the said credits having been allowed by 
resolutions dated December 4, 1929, and January 7, 1930, 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. R. A. 
Henderson, Jr., filing objection in behalf of his client to 
the application of the State for Government surveys in 
Caloosahatehee River on the ground that he owned the 



314 

land, but advised that if the Trustees would agree to sell 
their equity in the land to his client at a nominal price, 
when patent is issued to the State, that objections to the 
surrey would be withdrawn. 

Upon discussion of the matter, the Trustees declined to 
recognize the objections of Mr. Henderson's elient and de- 
cided not to place any price on the land at this time. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson presented letter from the Land 
Department at Gainesville, advising that it would be neces- 
sary to have record of testimony in Lone Cabbage Island 
case within thirty days, or the Department would be justi- 
fied in recommending that the claim of the State be re- 
jected. 

The Trustees directed that in order to waive default of 
the claim, that cost of testimony be paid by the State, and 
then take the matter up with Mr. Charles R. Pierce, who 
it was understood was to stand the cost of this testimony. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. J. 
Stockton Bryan, representing the Burnet te Estate, rela- 
tive to a tract of land which the Trustees agreed to sell to 
Mr. P. L. Rutledge at a price of $50.00 per acre plus $15.00 
per acre as rental, Mr. Rutledge having made a deposit on 
the purchase and offered $50.00 per acre for the- land, 
claiming that it is adjaeent to the Burnette property. 
. The Trustees having agreed to sell a portion of this land 
to Mr. Rutledge, the Land Department was directed to ad- 
vise him that if he did not send up balance of the first pay- 
ment, representing rental on the land, by April 1st, the 
deposit would be returned and the transaction cancelled. 



The Trustees having agreed to advertise a tract of sub- 
merged land off Biscayne Point, Dade County, for objec- 
tions and highest bid, upon application of Mr. Thos. H. 
Horobin, the following advertisement was placed in the 
Miami Herald : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, March 18, 1930. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will re- 
ceive competitive bids in open session, at 10 o'clock A. M,, 
April 22nd, A. D. 1930, at Tallahassee, Florida, for the 



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following described submerged land in DADE County. 
Florida : 

Begin at the Northeast corner of Section Four 
(4) Township Fifty-three (53) South, Range 
Forty-two (42) East; 

Run South 3907 feet along the section line be- 
tween Sections Three (3) and Four (4), of afore- 
said Township and Range; 

Thence West 2800 feet; 

Thence North 26 degrees 15 minutes East, 4400 
feet, more or less, to the North line of Section Four 
(4); 

Thence East along the section line to the point 
of beginning ; 

Containing approximately 160 acres, more or 
less, and lying and being in Section 4, Township 53 
South, Range 42 East, Dade County, State of 
Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 
or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

Terms : Cash, or one-fourth cash and balance in one, two 
and three years, with six per cent interest on deferred pay- 
ments. 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST : Governor. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



The Blackhawk Company, holders of a permit from the 
State on certain acreage in the Lake Okeechobee section 
used for a hunting preserve, make application for a supple- 
mental permit to extend their fences out to the 14 or 1T> 
foot contour of the lake in order to protect the feeding 
ground for game. 

Upon motion of Mr. Knott, seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted, the Trustees agreed to issue Supplemen- 
tal Permit to Blackhawk Company for the sum of $250.00 
a year, to extend their fences out into the lake, upon condi- 
tion that they do not prohibit fishing on the lake. 



316 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla.. .$ i,66 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . .63 

Southern Tele. & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, Pla 6.30 

Arteraft Printers, Tallahassee, Pla 15,25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 47.00 

J. F. Garner, C. C. C, Fort Myers, Pla 2.00 

Alice J, Mornihan, Sarasota, Pla 4.50 

DeLand Sun News, DeLand, Fla 23.23 

Wallis Engineering Co., West Palm Beach, Fla. . . 100.06 

Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Fla 375.00 

Ditto, Incorporated, Chicago, 111 331.22 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla. (Expense Ac- 
count) 581.25 

J. B. Shuman, Tallahassee, Fla 10.71 

C. K. Allen, Tallahassee, Fla 10.71 

D. B. Pinkston, Tallahassee, Pla 10.71 

W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla. 15.25 

W. A. Lewis, C. C. C, Jasper, Fla 17.30 

Charles S. Hartley, Little Rock, Ark 23.40 

Ross C. Sawyer, C. C. C, Key West, Pla 18.85 

N. W. Keller, Secretary, So. Hastings Drainage 

District, Palatka, Fla 74.37 

$1,669.40 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor— Chai rman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C, Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, March 24, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of the Trustees for March 4th and 18th, 
presented and approved. 



317 

The Secretary presented letters from Mr. A. O. Hen- 
derson of New Smyrna, relative to right-of-way from 
Dixie Highway to Halifax River, and also as to the State 
granting franchise for construction of a toll bridge. 

The Trustees directed that the matter be held over for 
further investigation and report from the Chief Drainage 
Engineer. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from Mr. W. M. Buford of 
Clewiston, making application to lease certain land at 
Miami Lock — about 50' x 100 feet for a term of four years, 
for the purpose of erecting a store bnilding. 

After discussion the Trustees directed the Secretary to 
ascertain from Mr. Buford what offer he will make for the 
lease. 



The Secretary presented letter from Ed Van deVelde re- 
questing to be advised if the Trustees would offer for sale 
certificates outstanding against the SW*4 of SW14 and 
Ny 2 of SEy 4 of SW14 of Section 7, Township 40 South, 
Range 33 East — 100 acres — which land was sold to J. H. 
Whidden in Entry No. 16770 June 26, 1919, and on which 
the Trustees still hold mortgage. 

After consideration, the Trustees declined to sell the cer- 
tificates for the amount of taxes and costs. 



Mr, John Cheney of Port Lauderdale made application 
to purchase Drainage Tax Certificate No. 76, held by the 
Trustees, on 10 acres of land in Tract 28, Section 25, 
Township 50 South, Range 41 East, Broward County. 

The Trustees directed the Secretary to write Mr. Cheney 
and request that he make an offer for the land, at which 
time they will take aetion. 



The Secretary presented letter from Messrs. Dickens & 
Shirey relative to assignment of their shell leases to South- 
ern Pearl Shell Company. 

Mr. Amos moved that before assignment was made that 
the Trustees request a financial statement from Southern 
Pearl Shell Company, and also that the Secretary incor- 
porate in the form of assignment a condition to prevent 
these leases being used as the basis of a stock-selling 
scheme. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



318 

Application was received from Mr. Willard Utley of 
West Palm Beach, Florida, for estate of B. D. Martin, to 
purchase 12 acres of land in Section 12, Township 44 
South, Range 36 East, Palm Beach County, for the sum of 
$90.98, which amount represents drainage taxes and cost 
due on the land, title to the land having vested in the 
Trustees on account of non-payment of drainage taxes. 

The offer was declined and the Secretary directed to 
advise Mr. Utley that they would be glad to have him sub- 
mit his best bid on the land. 



The Land Department presented letter from Kearley, 
Fisher, Van Meter and Chapman, attorneys of West Palm 
Beach, making application to purchase lake bottom land in 
front of their upland in Section 18, Township 42 South, 
Range 37 East, containing 6.21 aeres, and offering $50.00 
per acre for the land. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to sell the above land to the upland owners at the price of 
$50.00 per acre. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that he had 
just completed an inspection trip in company with a Gov- 
ernment Agent, for the purpose of making selection of 
certain swamp land to be patented to the State. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented telegram 
from Mr. John G. Baker of Orlando, in which he agreed 
to pay expenses of the Land Agent if the Trustees would 
authorize him to make investigation of Cape Haze prop- 
erty, in Charlotte County, which Mr. Baker is interested 
in purchasing. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Richardson to make the trip 
and present statement of his expenses to Mr. Baker for 
payment. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
F. C. Elliott, Chief Drainage Engineer and 

Secretary $ 300.00 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

Marvin C. Mcintosh, Counsel {Salary arid Ex- 
pense Account ) 255.47 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 333.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 



319. 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

.lentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. WhitBeld, Bond Clerk 50.00 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

P. P. Jackson, Extra Office Assistant 196.87 

C. K. Allen, Extra Office Assistant 168.75 

J. B. Shuman, Extra Office Assistant 168.75 

D. B. Pinkston, Extra Office Assistant 168.75 

Jessie Wilson, Extra Office Assistant 153.48 

Mrs. B. H. Bohler, Extra Stenographer 95.00 



$ 2,985.42 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
March 25. 1930. 

j 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Trustees met for the purpose of considering pro- 
posed Permit or lease of lands from which to cut saw-grass. 
Mr, P. B. Alsobrook, representing Lake Griffin Pulp & 
Grass Company, requested certain modifications in the 
action of the Trustees on the above subject set forth in 
Minutes dated March 4th, 1930. 

Upon consideration of the subject the Trustees agreed 
they would grant a permit to the said Company for a 
term of two years to take saw-grass, without charge, from 
a designated area at the rate of 30,000 acres for each 
One Hundred ton daily mill capacity, upon condition 



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that a mill or mills of an aggregate capacity of not less 
than One Hundred tons daily be constructed within the 
State of Florida by the expiration of two years. 

That when such mill or mills have been constructed, the 
Company shall be entitled to an extension of ten years at 
the above acreage rate and mill capacity. 

That raw material be not shipped from the State, but 
made into a finished pulp within the State. 

That additional permits will be granted at the above 
acreage rate as additional mill or mills or additional capac- 
ity to any mill or mills is provided. 

That at the expiration of such Ten-year period additional 
periods will be granted as mill operations proceeds, the 
Company to designate areas to be set aside for the taking 
of saw grass from time to time, provided that after the 
first ten-year period there shall be a charge per acre to 
be agreed upon by the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund and the Company. 

That upon such areas so selected the Trustees agree to 
grant no permits except to the Company as above. 

Lease shall not be the basis of any stock-selling scheme 
or represent a value or asset for the sale of stock. 

That the permit shall contain the usual conditions re- 
quired by the Trustees for the protection of the land and 
the rights of the Trustees. 

The Trustees directed that permit be drawn, embody- 
ing the above conditions, and presented to the Board for 
consideration. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST ■ Governor— Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



- Tallahassee, Florida, April 1, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



321 

The Minutes of the Trustees of March 24th and 25th, 
1930, were presented and approved. 



Mr. Tom Norfleet of Miami appeared before the Trustees 
in reference to an oil and gas lease executed by the Trus- 
tees in his favor covering certain marginal lands in the 
bottom of Lake Okeechobee. Mr. Norfleet stated that he 
had been endeavoring to interest parties in drilling wells 
and prospecting for oil but that the time within which he 
was to make payment had elapsed before he had been su- 
cessful in starting a well. Mr. Norfleet further stated that 
owing to the strip of land around his lease on the shore 
side for a distance of 400 feet, more or less, between the 
limits of his lease boundaries and the Lake Okeechobee 
levee, having been reserved by the Trustees from the said 
lease he was confronted with difficulties in interesting par- 
ties where this open space existed. He requested that the 
Trustees extend the boundaries of his lease to the levee, or 
levee canal; and that a reservation be made that he shall 
not drill within one-fourth mile of such boundary. Mr. 
Norfleet also requested that the terms of payment be ex- 
tended so that a payment would be due in quarterly instal- 
ments, the first instalment to become due three months after 
date. 

Upon consideration, the Trustees agreed to extend the 
boundaries of Mr. Norfleet 's lease as requested, with the 
reservation that no drilling be done within one-fourth mile 
of the levee or levee canal, and also agreed to grant exten- 
sion in the matter of payments as above requested. The 
Trustees directed that a new lease be prepared covering the 
above changes. 



Mr. W. G. Blanchard of Coral Gables, representing Mr. 
Francis S. "Whitten of Miami, appeared before the Trustees 
and submitted brief covering suggestions for surveying and 
modification of instructions for surveying land along the 
southwest coast of Monroe County, which information dis- 
closes the development of a hiatus three miles wide from 
North to South, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the 
Monroe-Dade county line. Mr. Blanchard also made appli- 
cation on behalf of Mr. Whitten for a gas and oil lease on 
this hiatus and requested that the first year's taxes be de- 
ducted from his credit with the Trustees. 

The Trustees directed that the information as to surveys 

11— I. I. F. 



322 

and modification of instructions for surveying be referred 
to the Attorney General and Counsel for Trustees for ex- 
amination and report of their findings with recommenda- 
tions. 

Mr. Blanchard was advised that he would be notified of 
the action of the Trustees, 



Mr. \V. (J. Blanchard, representing Mr. Francis S. Whit- 
ten, made application for gas and oil lease on 5,440 acres 
of Trustees land in Townships 56, 57, 58 and 59, Range 31, 
and also made application for oil and gas lease on 7,680 
acres of land owned by the State Board of Education, being 
School Sections 16 in Townships 56, 57, 58, 59 and 60 in 
Range 32 ; Townships 57, 58, 59 and 60 in Range 33, and 
Townships 59 and 60 in Range 34, and requested that the 
amount of taxes required by the Trustees be deducted out 
of Mr. Whitten's credit with the Trustees. 



Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to lease the above described lands to Mr. Whitten upon 
the usual terms and conditions and allow him to apply his 
credit on the payment of taxes. 



Mr. Amos reported that the committee appointed to 
make settlement with Mr. John M. Sutton had failed to 
reach an agreement. Mr. Knott moved that the committee 
act until settlement was effected. Seconded and upon vote 
adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Dickens & Shirey, 
giving information relative to financial condition of South- 
ern Pearl Shell Company, to which company Dickens and 
Shirey are desirous of making assignment of their Mussel 
leases. Mr. Dickens appeared before the Trustees and re- 
quested that his application for assignment of leases to the 
above company be granted. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees agree to the assign- 
ment upon condition that the Southern Pearl Shell Com- 
pany will not use the said Mussel Leases as a basis for any 
stock-selling scheme or represent a value or assets for the 
sale of stock. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote 
adopted. Agreed to bj* Dickens and Shirey. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin made application for a permit to 



remove fill material from the bottoms of approximately 80 
acres of submerged land in Section 3, Township 53 South, 
Range 42 East, Dade County, to be used in building up 
submerged land purchased from the State in that vicinity. 
Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to issue permit to Mr. Horobin to take fill material from 
the above described land under the usual terms and condi- 
tions, in view of the fact that Mr. Horobin has purchased 
a large acreage in that vicinity. 



Mr. Thomas H. Horobin of Miami appeared before the 
Trustees relative to purchase of Lot 4, Section 31, Town- 
ship 42 South, Range 37 East — 9.67 acres, which he failed 
to include in his request of February 11th — final action 
taken February 25th, and asked to be given ninety (90) 
days within which to close the tranaetion, making an offer 
of $200.00 per acre for the land. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the land be sold to Mr. Horobin at 
the price of $200.00 per acre and have ninety days within 
which to make payment, in order that he may secure a 
purchaser for the land and be in position to pay taxes on 
land being reconveyed to the State. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



Mr. Thomas H. Horobin advised the Trustees that Trails 
Land Company had reconveyed to the State all lands in 
Entry No. 17262 except the Wfo of Section 21, Township 
54 South, Range 35 East, on which the Trustees hold 
mortgage, and that he would like to make a proposition to 
reconvey one-half of the above land, pay all taxes thereon 
which have been unpaid for five years, foreclose the State's 
mortgage, paying all costs of foreclosure, in consideration 
of which the Trustees deed him one-half of the NV2 of 
Section 21. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ac- 
cepted the proposition of Mr. Horobin as above. 



The Secretary presented letter from General Industries, 
Inc., of Jacksonville, requesting extension for accepting 
and executing oil lease granted them by the Trustees 
March 4th. 

Mr. Amos moved that the said company be granted thirty 
(30) days within which to accept and execute the lease. Sec- 
onded and upon vote adopted. 



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The Secretary submitted report of counsel on the mat- 
ter of granting oil leases on lands in the Indian Reserva- 
tion, •which opinion is to the effect that it would not be 
proper to grant leases on such lands. 

Upon consideration the Trustees declined to grant any 
oil leases on the Indian Reservation. 

The Land Department presented an offer from R. M. 
Jones of $25.00 per acre for land in Section 34, Township 
51 South, Range 41 East, and 9.6 acres in hiatus between 
Townships 53-54 South, Range 37 East, Dade County, plus 
25 cents per acre for release of oil rights. 

The Trustees declined the offer. 



The Trustees having on March 4th declined the offer of 
50c per acre from Mr. Gillespie Dunlop of Bronson, rep- 
resenting his client, for the SE^ of SW 1 ^ of Seetion 18. 
Township 12, Range 17, the Land Department submitted 
a supplemental offer from Mr. Dunlop of $1.25 per acre 
for the said land. 

The offer was declined by the Trustees, and the Land 
Department directed to advise Mr. Dunlop that they would 
issue quit-claim deed to his client for the consideration of 
$3.00 per acre. 



The Land Department presented application from H. 
O. Scoring to purchase a strip of land approximtely 200 
feet square at Canal Point, between the railroad and the 
lake, for the purpose of erecting a grain elevator. 

The Trustees agreed to issue deed to the strip of land 
above described, at a price of $250.00, upon erection of 
said grain elevator ; the land to revert to the Trustees if 
and when not used for the above purpose. The Land De- 
partment was directed to so advise Mr. Sebring and re- 
quest that he furnish correct description of the land ap- 
plied for. 



The Trustees having on February 17th ordered adver- 
tised for sale on this date 15.8 acres of land in Volusia 
County applied for by the City of New Smyrna, to be used 
for publiee purposes, and the city having offered to pay 
$10.00 per acre for the land, and no objections being filed 
or presented, the sale was consummated to the City of 
New Smyrna for the price of $10.00 per acre and deed 
ordered issued. 



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The application of St. Elmo W. Acosta, Park Commis- 
sioner of Jacksonville, for islands in St. Johns River to be 
deeded to the City of Jacksonville for park purposes, was 
again called to the attention of the Trustees, and upon 
motion, seconded and adopted, the request was denied. 



Mr. W. F. Hampton of Gainesville appeared before the 
Trustees and stated that he was the heir, or represented 
the heirs, of the late B, F, Hampton of Gainesville, who for- 
merly had contract as selecting agent for the State Board 
of Education and who had filed School Indemnity Selection 
on Lone Cabbage Island — Lot 6, Section 27, Township 43 
South, Range 43 East, Lake Worth. The State also having 
filed Swamp Land selection on Lone Cabbage Island and in 
1921 having sold this island with surrounding sovereignty 
lands to G. W. Bingham, Mr Hampton stated that should 
the Swamp Selection fail and he obtain title to Lone Cab- 
bage Island by virtue of School Indemnity selection, that if 
the Trustees would deed the surrounding sovereignty lands 
to him he would assume the liability or refund which 
would be due Mr. Bingham from the Trustees, in case title 
from the Trustees to Mr. Bingham failed. 

The matter was referred to Messrs Knott and Davis, who 
compose a committee to investigate the status of the B. F. 
Hampton contract as Selecting Agent for the State Board 
of Education. 



Financial statement for the month of March, 1930, was 
presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR MARCH, 1930 

Balance in Fund March 1, 1930 . .$ 36,923.42 

Sale of Minutes 3.00 

Sale of sand, shell and gravel .... 809.32 

Oil leases 5,621.72 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 

Acts of 1925 3,045.26 

Refund on account overpayment 
Everglades Drainage District 

taxes on Trustees' lands 2,030.95 

Receipts on account Mussel Shell 

lease 75.00 

Sale of blueprint map 1.00 



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Supplies sold by shop at West 

Palm Beach $ 16.25 

From land sales ($3,164.88) less 
25% to State School Fund 
($791.21 ) 2,373.67 

$ 50,899.86 
Less disbursements 4,654.82 

Balance on hand April 1, 1930 $ 46,245.04 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 45.245.04 



$ 46,245.04 



BALANCES IN BANKS APRIL 1. 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 

ville, Fla $ 4,196.90 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 4,053.48 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 19,440.18 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 7,674.36 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,925.77 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 5,346.11 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla. 474.69 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla - 1,135.55 

Capital City Bank, special account 1,000.00 



$ 45,245.04 



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DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 
1930 No. In Favor of — Amount 

Mar. 18 8058 A. R. Richardson $ 581.25 

8059 Western Union Telegraph Company 1.66 

H060 Postal Telegraph-Cable Company. .63 

8061 Southern Telephone & Constr. Co. 6.30 

8062 Artcraft Printers 15.25 

8063 T. J. Appleyard, Ine 47.00 

8064 F. J. Garner, C. C. C 2.00 

8065 Alice J. Momihan . . 4.50 

8066 DeLand Sun-News 23.23 

8067 Wallis Engineering Co 10006 

8068 Palm Beach County 375.00 

8069 Ditto, Inc 331.22 

8070 J. B. Shuman 10.71 

8071 C. K. Allen 10.71 

8072 D. B. Pinkston 10.71 

8073 Cancelled 

8074 W. A. Lewis, C. C. C. . 17.30 

8075 W. H. May, P. M 15.25 

8076 Charles S. Harley 23.40 

8077 Ross C. Sawyer 18.85 

21 8078 N. W. Keller, Secretary 74.37 

30 8079 F. C. Elliot 300.00 

31 8080 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

8081 Marvin C. Mcintosh 255.47 

8082 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

8083 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8084 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

8085 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8086 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

8087 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

8088 Hattie Bell 83.33 

B089 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

8090 Robert Wvnn 40.00 

8091 F. P. Jackson 196.87 

8092 C. K. Allen 168.75 

8093 J. B. Shuman 168.75 

8094 D. B. Pinkston 168.75 

8095 Jessie Wilson 153.48 

8096 Mrs. B. H. Bohler 95.00 

Total $4,654.82 



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Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE B. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman . 



ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 

April 8, 1930 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of April 1st, presented and 
approved. 



The Secretary presented application from Florida Power 
and Light Company for a right-of-way to extend electric 
current transmission lines with poles across land owned 
by the Trustees in Section 26, Township 50 South, Range 
41 East — Broward County, on the south side of South 
New River Canal out past Davie. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant the right-of-way requested by the Florida Power 
& Light Company under the usual terms and conditions 
and the permit was ordered executed. 



The Secretary presented request from C. Salvatore in 
reference to lease on lands in Pelican Bay and requesting 
extension of the lease as he has been unable to plant a 
crop owing to unusually heavy spring rains. The Trus- 
tees requested the Land Agent to make investigation of 
this condition on his next trip down the State, and report 
his recommendations. 



The application of Mr. A. O. Henderson of New Smyrna 
for right-of-way and franchise for the construction of 
a toll bridge was held over until report from Counsel 
and the Chief Drainage Engineer was received. 



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Mr. P. B. Alsobrook of Leesburg appeared before the 
Trustees in reference to lease of lands owned by the 
Trustees Internal Improvement Fund for the purpose of 
cutting saw-grass therefrom for making paper pulp. A 
preliminary draft of conditions had been previously worked 
out between Mr. Alsobrook and the Trustees and an amend- 
ed draft was presented by Mr. Alsobrook for consideration. 

Upon consideration of the amended draft the Trustees 
and Mr. Alsobrook agreed upon certain modifications to 
both of the previous drafts as a final basis for the prep- 
eration of the lease. 

Mr. Alsobrook requested that he be furnished a copy of 
the Minutes and a copy of the memorandum as agreed 
upon, and that he be given sufficient time in which to 
discuss the matter further with his associates and for 
joining with the Trustees in the drafting of the final 
agreement, which was agreed to. It was considered that 
thirty days would be sufficient time for the above. 



The Secretary presented application from J. Olsen & Son 
of Jacksonville for shell lease near the mouth of the St. 
Johns River in Sisters Creek, Pepper Creek and Pablo 
Creek. 

Mr. Pat Kelly of Jacksonville being present objected 
to the granting of the lease and requested that his Com- 
pany have an opportunity to be heard before lease was 
issued. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees defer- 
red action of the above application until Tuesday, April 
15th, at which time hearing would be given all parties 
interested. The Trustees directed that Mr. Olsen and Mr. 
Kelly be notified of the hearing. 



Mr. W. G. Blanchard appeared before the Trustees on 
behalf of. himself and Mr. Francis S. Whitten and request- 
ed that the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
grant to him and associates a petroleum and gas lease 
for the lands covered by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico 
extending from the shore line to the 12 foot contour below 
mean low tide, from Cape Romano to Cape Sable. Mr. 
Blanchard stated that the applicants were owners of nearly 
all of the upland adjoining the Gulf. He further stated 
that his proposition is to pay $10,000.00 for the Lease, at 
the rate of $1,000.00 cash and the payment of $1,000.00 



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each six months thereafter until paid, or if satisfactory 
with Mr. Whitten, would like to have the option of de- 
ducting the payments from the credit Mr. Whitten has 
with the Trustees. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to give a lease on the above described bottoms, the 
islands excepted, for a consideration of $10,000.00. Pay- 
ments to be made, $1,000.00 in cash upon execution of the 
Lease and thereafter $1,000.00 at the end of each six 
months until the full amount of $10,000.00 shall have 
been paid. The life of the permit to run for Five (5) 
years and to be otherwise in conformity with the standard 
form of lease, except that time for beginning the first 
well shall be not later than One Year from date of Lease 
and the Well to be completed in not more lhan three (3) 
years from the date of the Lease ; that wells are to be bored 
at the rate of One Well for each thirty (30) thousand 
acres of land leased. A further consideration is the usual 
royalty of one-eighth of petroleum and one-tenth gas dis- 
covered and saved from the leased premises. Also that no 
well shall be drilled nearer than one-fourth mile from 
the shore without the consent of the upland owner; that 
nothing contained in the lease shall interfere with the 
rights of any upland owner; that operations under the 
lease shall be carried on in such a manner as to interfere in 
no way with navigation or with fishing, or with the full 
enjoyment of the use of the waters by the public. 



The Secretary presented telegram from Mr. Vernon 
Price- Williams, making application for oil lease on School 
Section 16, Township 57 South, Range 37 East — Dade 
Count v, on same conditions as carried in Lease of Septem- 
ber 23", 1929. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees de- 
clined to grant the lease on the ground that the form of 
lease had been changed since that date. 



Mr. C, P. Dodson of Jacksonville came before the Trus- 
tees relative to land purchases in Palm Beach County on 
which he has made payment of $9,799.70, stating that in 
1929 he reconveyed to the State lands covered by Entries 
No. 17425 and No. 17426 — Sections 10 and 22 in Township 
47 South, Range 40 East. Mr. Dodson requests that the 
Trustees accept the above payment in full settlement of 



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Entry No. 17113 covering block 2, Township 44 South, 
Ranges 36 and 37, on which there is due $10,935.00 with 
interest, basing his request on the ground that the price 
paid for the land is more than it is worth and that he will 
also have to pay back taxes amounting to $4,000.00 on En- 
tries 17425 and 17426 and $2,900.00 on Entry 17113 to 
clear the title of the land. 

The Trustees referred the matter to the Land Depart- 
ment to check up and report the status of the above pur- 
chases. 



Mr. R. M. Jones of Jacksonville appeared before the 
Trustees and made application to reconvey a fourth sec- 
tion of land in Newman's survey, purchased at a price of 
from $175 to $700 per acre in 1925, pay all taxes due 
on the land and allow him a credit of the payments made 
to be applied on other land to be selected in another sec- 
tion of the State, or if the Trustees would agree to refund 
a part of the payment they would prefer that. 

Upon motion the matter was referred to the Land De- 
partment to check up as to status of the purchase and re- 
port to the Trustees. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. J. 
Locke Kelley of Clearwater, requesting that release agreed 
to by the Trustees February 18th, 1930, be executed and 
forwarded to him at the earliest possible date. 

The land to be released being approximately one-tenth 
of the acreage, and payments amounting to one- fourth of 
the purchase price having been paid, the Trustees directed 
that the release be executed and forwarded to Mr. Kelly 
as soon as possible. 



Mr. R. J. Green of Detroit, Michigan, made application 
to exchange 80 acres of land near Crescent City for land 
of equal value in the southern part of the State. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the application was 
denied. 



The Land Department presented the matter of Rev. G. 
S. Roberts of Fort Myers, relative to error in location of 
land sold Mr. Roberts by Rev, S. W. Lawler, Mr. Roberts 
having taken possession of and made improvements on the 
SE14 of SW14 of Section 35, Township 39 South, Range 



332 

39 East, Glades County, which is about a mile distant from 
the land actually purchased from Mr. Lawler. 

In view of the fact that Mr. Roberts made the improve- 
ments thinking he was on his land, the Trustees agreed to 
execute a quit-claim deed to him for the SB 1 /* of SW14 of 
Section 35, Township 39 South, Range 33 East, for the 
sum of $250.00 cash. 

The Trustees directed the Land Office to write Mr. 
Roberts and explain the situation and advise that it was 
through no error on the part of the Trustees that he had 
possession of the wrong piece of property; that the land 
was originally sold to Mr. Lawler at Tallahassee and 
pointed out to him on a map showing the property and 
that there could not have been any doubt as to the location 
of the land as the selection was made from the map and 
deed issued in accordance therewith. 



Mr. H. L. Cummins of Jacksonville made application to 
purchase 93,6 acres of land in Lot 1 of hiatus between 
Townships 53 and 54 South, Range 37 East, Dade County, 
making an offer of $30.25 per acre for the land with the 
petroleum rights included ; also an offer of $25.25 per acre 
for approximately 300 acres of land in Section 34, Town- 
ship 51 South, Range 41 East, with petroleum rights in- 
eluded. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the offers above 
were declined. 



MeGowan-Forshee Lumber Company submitted an offer 
of $250,00 for the timber on 80 acres of land in Si/> of 
SW»4 of Section 32, Township 33, Range 21, Manatee 
County. 

The Trustees requested the Land Agent to make inves- 
tigation of the timber on the said land and make report to 
the board, at which time action would be taken. 



The Land Department reported that South Florida Con- 
servancy District was listing for sale outstanding certifi- 
cates on several pareeLs of land on which the Trustees hold 
mortgage. 

The Trustees decided to take no action in the matter as 
they did not care to take up the certificates. 



The Trustees having agreed to advertise for objections 



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land in Volusia County, upon application of Geo. I. Ful- 
lerton for his clients Zelia Wilson Sweet and Zelia Frances 
Bouehelle, the following notice was ordered placed in the 
DeLand Sun-News : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, April 8, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will 
hold a meeting at Ten o'clock A. M., Tuesday, May 20th, 
A. D„ 1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the fol- 
lowing described submerged land in VOLUSIA County, 
Florida : 

Commencing at the Old Stone Wharf, 

Thence North 34 degrees 30' West 748 feet ; 

Thence North 22 degrees 45' West 1,252 feet; 

Thence North 16 degrees 45' West 600 feet; 

Thence North 22 degrees 45' West 152 feet to 
the North line of Lot "L" of J. D. Sheldon's Sub- 
division in the City of New Smyrna, Florida ; 

Thence North 64 degrees 44' East 431 feet to 
the point of beginning, thence continuing North 
64 degrees 44' East, 255 feet to the shore line of 
the Indian River; thence meandering the shore 
line as follows: 

North 16 degrees 34' East 255 feet; 

Thence South 50 degrees 16' West 101 feet ; 

Thence South 47 degrees 10' West 198 feet ; 

Thence South 27 degrees 42' West 176 feet; to 
the point of beginning. 

Containing 0.83 acres, more or less. 

Volusia County, State of Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062, 
Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person or 
persons who may have objections to said sale may have an 
opportunity to present the same on date of sale as therein 
prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary, 



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The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.$ 4.87 

Postal Telegraph -Cable Co., Tallahassee, Pla.. . 2.64 
The Southern Tel. & Constr. Co., Tallahaasee, 

Pla 4.25 

Railway Express Agency, Tallahassee, Fla. ... .50 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Pla 3.50 

Grant Furniture Co., Tallahassee, Pla 45.00 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 159.91 

Gaylord Brothers, Jacksonville, Fla .75 

Fred E. Fenno, West Palm Beach, Fla 203.27 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T, C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla 15.82 

C. K. Allen, Tallahassee, Fla 39.80 

Jessie Wilson, Tallahassee, Fla 34.26 



$ 514.57 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 15, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present: 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees for April 8th were presented and 
approved. 



Pursuant to notice from the Trustees that hearing would 
be had on this date on the granting of shell lease in St. 
Johns River to Olson & Son of Jacksonville, Mr. Pat Kelly 
of Jacksonville, representing Atlantic Shell Company and 
Standard Dredging Company, appeared before the Trustees 
and objected to the issuance of the lease on the ground that 
his companies had expended large sums of money on equip- 



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ment and machinery for dredging shell, and if other leases 
are granted in that territory the supply will not be suffi- 
cient to make it profitable for anyone, and requested that 
the Trustees do not grant a lease to Olson & Son, or any 
other party, to dredge for shell in that section. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the matter be held in abeyance and 
that Mr. Richardson be directed to make investigation and 
report to the Trustees, Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon 
vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented application for oil and gas leases 
from A. J. Ryan, S. V. M. Ray, and W. V. Blaekwell, cov- 
ering lands in Township 52, Range 37 ; Township 52, Range 
38; Township 53, Range 38, and between Townships 53 and 
54, Range 38, and between Townships 53 and 54, Range 39, 
Dade County, some of the lands being applied for by all 
three of the above parties. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant leases to the above parties and directed that the 
area applied for by all three of the applicants be divided 
as equitably as possible. 



The Secretary presented request from Mr. Ben Shepard 
of Miami that oil lease dated March 1st, 1930, issued in the 
name of Ben Shepard, lie changed to Ben Shepard of Miami 
for and on behalf of Dorlim Company, Inc. 

The Trustees agreed to grant the request and the change 
in name was authorized. 



Application was presented from L. E. Lewis of Coral 
(tables for an oil and gas lease within boundaries from Pa- 
hokee southwardly and westwardly along the shores of Lake 
Okeechobee to Observation Island and from the shore line 
extending out into the lake to a water depth of 6.5 feet at 
elevation 15. 

The Trustees deferred action on this application for a 
full membership to be |ir<>st«tit. 



Mr. L. E, Lewis of Coral Gables made application for oil 
and gas lease on Trustees' lands on which taxes are 8 to 
10 cents. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Lewis be furnished list 
of lands in tax rate zone from 8 to 10 cents. 



The application of W. G. Blanehard for oil and gas lease 
on unsurveyed hiatus lands in Monroe County was deferred 
for further information and report. 



The matter submitted by Mr, R. M, Jones April 8th, for 
permission to reeonvey 778 acres of land in Newman 's Sur- 
vey, purchased in 1925, upon which payment of $95,189.00 
was made, and request that the one- fourth payment be al- 
lowed to stand as a credit and a partial refund, was again 
considered. 

The Trustees declined to make any refund on the ground 
that they had no such authority, but agreed to allow Mr. 
Jones to reeonvey three-fourths of the land purchased, re- 
taining one-fourth represented by the cash payment, and 
then sell him the reconveyed three-fourths at a price of 
$100.00, in consideration of the fact that the land was sold 
at a high price. The Land Office was directed to advise 
Mr. Jones of this proposition. 



The Land Department reported on the matter presented 
to the Trustees April 8th by C. F. Dodson, which was a 
proposition to assign his credit of $9,799.70 in settlement 
of mortgage held by the State on Entry No. 17113, being 
a purchase of James A, Dew, Inc.. Mr. Dodson having 
taken over sales contract of Mr. Dew on this entry. 

The matter was ordered held over for the entire member- 
ship to be present. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mrs. F. W. 
Stengel of Rockville, Conn., requesting the Trustees to 
make investigation of Lots 1 and 2 of Section 22, Township 
45 South, Range 41 East on Captiva Island, Charlotte 
County, which she was interested in purchasing, so that the 
character of the land might be ascertained. 

The Trustees ordered that the matter be referred to Mr, 
Richardson. Field Agent, to make investigation and report. 



Mr. W. G. Blanehard came before the Trustees again in 
reference to oil lease on coastal lands from Cape Romano to 
Cape Sable, advising that he was sure he could secure let- 
ters from upland owners giving consent for his Company to 
drill for oil in front of their uplands and requesting that 
lease be executed so that he might make the first payment 
before leaving. 



The Trustees agreed to have lease executed and held pend- 
ing receipt of letters from Mr. Barron Collier, Capt. Me- 
Dougald and Model Land Company, giving permission for 
drilling in front of their uplands. Upon receipt of these 
letters lease to be delivered to Mr. Blanchard, 



The Secretary presented letter from R. G. Holgate ad- 
vising that he was assigning od lease executed to him to 
another party which was accepted by the Trustees. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

J. B. Shuman, Tallahassee, Fla . . $ 71.12 

W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla 10.00 



$81.12 
Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
Aprd 16, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, 

The Land Department presented letter from J. M. Johns 
of Wausau, makinp an offer of $200.00 for approximately 
40 acres of land in SW14 of NW*4 of Section 10, Town- 
ship 1 North, Ranjre 13 West, Washington County. 

Action on the application was deferred for investigation 
and report from the Land Agent as to value of the land 
and timber thereon. 



Milam, Mcllvaine & Milam, Attorneys of Jacksonville, 
representing Mr. John V. Daniels, submitted an offer of 
$200.00 for 1.86 acres of land in Section 30, Township 1 
South, Range 29 East, Duval County, near May port, this 



being a small tract of land omitted from the sale of Novem- 
ber 13, 1928, which a survey has developed is within the 
tract desired by Mr. Daniels. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
agreed to sell the 1.86 acres to Mr. Daniels at a price 
of $200.00 subject to advertisement for objections as re- 
quired by law. 



Mr, R. M. Jones came before the Trustees with reference 
to proposition submitted April. 8th and 15th, relative to 
re-conveyance of 778 acres of land in Newman's Survey 
and request for credit of $95,189.00 — being cash pay- 
ment — on other lands of the State to be selected. 

Upon discussion of the proposition, the Trustees advised 
Mr. Jones that they would not be justified in allowing 
this credit, but suggested that if he would make selection 
of State Lands on which a considerable portion of the 
credit might be applied and. present same to the Trustees, 
they would try to work out some plan to make adjustment. 



Mr. W. G. Blanchard of Coral Gables appeared before 
the Trustees, on behalf of himself and Mr. Francis S. 
Whitten, submitting application for petroleum and gas 
lease on hiatus supposed to exist between Townships 55 
and 61, Monroe County, and offering $625.00 cash and 
$625,00 each Ninety days thereafter, for a continuing 
option for oil and gas lease on any lands whioh might 
be developed by a survey when and if made; the first 
well to be commenced within six months after determina- 
tion of the hiatus by survey. 

Upon consideration of the proposition and the indefinite- 
uess of survey the Trustess declined to make the lease, 
but agreed to receive the application and file for further 
investigation. 

The Land Agent was directed to write Mrs. Ruth Bryan 
Owen, Member of Congress from the Fourth District of 
Florida, asking that she take up the matter of survey of 
this section with the proper department at Washington. 



Mr. B. J. Brown of Miami, representing Bayshore tjil 
Company, Inc., of Miami, made application for Oil and 
Gas Leases covering certain bay bottoms in Pensacola, 
Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrews Bay and St. Joseph's 
Bay, in the Northwestern part of the State, and on 27,000 



acres of land in Collier and Hendry Counties, in the 
Southern part of the State; commencement of the first 
well to be within Ninety (90) days, and one well in each 
of the above named Baya within a period of three years, 
otherwise lease to be cancelled as to territory on whieh 
well is not commenced within that period. The lease in 
Collier and Hendry Counties to be on the usual terms 
and conditions. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant Two leases to Mr. Brown's company covering 
Pensaeola, Choctawhatchee, St. Andrews and St. Joseph's 
Bays for a term of Five years with an annual payment of 
$500.00 on each Lease, and the area in Collier and Hendry 
Counties to be another lease, subject to the usual terms and 
conditions of the standard lease form. The Chief Drainage 
Engineer and Land Agent were requested to work out 
details of the leases. 



The Land Department presented letter from H. L, 
Cummins of Jacksonville, offering $30.25 per acre for 
Lot 1, between Townships 53/54 South, Range 37 East — 
Dade County, together with Oil and Mineral rights in 
said lands. 

The Trustees accepted the offer of $30.00 per acre for 
Lot 1, between Townships 53/54, Range 37, but declined 
to sell the oil and mineral rights. 



The Land Department presented letter from H. L. Cum- 
mins offering $25.25 per acre for the NW 1 ^ ; Ny 2 of 
SWy 4 ; NEl/ 4 of NE14 and Ny 2 of SE^ of NE14 of Sec- 
tion 34, Township 51 South, Range 41 East — Dade County, 
together with oil and mineral rights in said land. 

The Trustees declined the offer for the above lands and 
mineral and oil rights, but agreed to sell the land only 
at a price of $40.00 per acre. The Land Department was 
directed to so advise Mr. Cummins. 



Motion was made, seconded and adopted, that from this 
date all applications for release of mineral and oil reser- 
vations on lands sold by the Trustees, be presented to the 
board for action on each individual case, thereby rescinding 
former action authorizing the Land Department to issue 
releases of such rights upon payment of 25 cents per acre. 



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The Trustees having on February 25, 1930, agreed to 
sell land in Palm Beach County to J. B. Hainey, and 
Mr. Hainey having furnished proper description for adver- 
tising, the Trustees ordered the following Notice placed 
in the Everglades News: 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, April 16, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Inter- 
nal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, May 27th, A. D. 1930, 
at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following de- 
scribed land: 

Beginning at the meander corner No. 16 which 
is the meander corner between Fractional Sections 
25 and 36, of Township 43 South in Range 36 East, 
thence along the meander of said Section 25 as sur- 
veyed by Otis A. Hardin in the year 1916, run 
North 4 degrees 12' East, a distance of 1,914.38 
feet to a point of beginning; 

From point of beginning continuing thence 
J along the said meander line North 4 degrees 12' 
/ East, a distance of 1,084,00 feet to meander corner 
No. 15; 

Thence continuing along the said meander line 
North 30 degrees 36' West, a distance of 273.00 feet ; 

Thence West a distance of 692.30 feet to a point 
100,00 feet due East of the center line of the Okee- 
chobee South Shore Levee as at present located ; 

Thence Southerly (approximately South forty- 
four Minutes West) 100.00 feet East of and par- 
allel to the center line of said levee, a distance of 
1,315.80 feet; 

Thence East a distance of 769.00 feet, more or 
less, to the point of beginning described above ; 

Containing 24.00 acres, more or less, and lying 
and being in Palm Beach County, State of Florida, 
and within the projected limits of Section 25 of 
Township 43 South, Range 36 East. 

This notice is published in order that any person or per- 
sons who may have objections to said sale may have an 
opportunity to present same on date of sale. 



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By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 22, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date "in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of April 15th and 16th -were 
presented and approved. 



The Secretary presented letter from Servieised Labora- 
tories, Inc., of Chicago, Illinois, requesting the Trustees to 
not dispose of saw-grass adjacent to Lake Griffin as their 
company had purchased the paper mill located at Leesburg 
and in all probability they would need all grass in that 
section for their operations. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ordered 
that the matter be held over for further consideration. 






A letter was presented from Mr. Harley Watson, asking 
for an appointment with the Trustees on April 29th, for 
himself and Mr. A. J. Dozier. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Watson be advised that 
April 29th was the date of the regular meeting of the Trus- 
tees and that he and Mr. Dozier could be heard on that 
date. 



The Trustees having advertised for competitive bids on 



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this date for 160 acres of submerged land in Section 4, 
Township 53 South, Range 42 East, Dade County, bids 
were called for. 

No bids being presented and objection of Miller and 
McKay, in behalf of Indian Creek Golf Club, having been 
filed, the Trustees directed that sale be deferred. 



Mr. W. G. Blanchard of Coral Gables appeared before 
the Trustees and stated that he had filed with Mr. Elliot, 
Chief Drainage Engineer, letter from Capt, D. A, Mc- 
Dougald, giving his consent for Mr. Blanchard to drill for 
oil in front of property of his Company; also that he would 
endeavor to have other letters from interested land owners 
presented to the Board as soon as possible. The Trustees 
directed that the matter be held in statu quo pending re- 
ceipt of said letters. 



Mr. W. G. Blanchard again presented application for oil 
and gas lease on hiatus supposed to exist in the southern 
part of Monroe County, making the same proposition as 
presented to the Trustees April 16th. 

The Trustees reaffirmed their action of the 16th to hold 
the matter for further consideration. 



The Secretary presented application from Mr. Robert G. 
Holgate of Miami for oil and gas lease on Sections 16 in 
Townships 53 and 55 South, Range 36 East. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the application was 
denied. 



Certain applications having been received and presented 
to the Trustees for petroleum and gas leases on lands owned 
by the Trustees, in whom is also vested authority to lease 
petroleum and gas rights on lands of the State Board of 
Education, after discussion of the subject the Trustees 
ordered the discontinuance until further instructions of all 
petroleum and gas leases, except upon applications as had 
been allowed prior to April 22nd, 1930. 



The Secretary presented letter from East Coast Oil & 
Natural Gas Company of Miami, advising that they had 
started spudding the first oil or gas well in Section 12, 
Township 58 South, Range 37 East, 806y 2 feet north of 
the highway. 



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The Trustees directed that the letter be acknowledged 

and filed. 



The Secretary presented letter transmitted by Secretary 
of State R. A. Gray from M. H. Guise, Superintendent of 
Florida Humus Company of Zellwood, Florida^ requesting 
the State Government to do certain drainage work in Lake 
Apopka drainage system. 

After discussion the Trustees decided that they had no 
authority to do any drainage work and neither had the 
Everglades Drainage District any such jurisdiction. The 
Secretary was requested to so advise Mr. Guise. 



Letter was presented from L. J. Ullian of Fort Lauder- 
dale, advising that he had assigned oil and gas lease granted 
him by the Trustees on lands in Broward County to Port 
Everglades Gas & Oil Company. 

The Trustees accepted the assignment and requested the 
Secretary to so advise Mr. Ullian. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. Ben Shepard of 
Miami, requesting extension of six months for commencing 
work on first oil well on lands under lease to Ben Shepard 
for Milrod Company, Dated November 26, 1929. The Trus- 
tees agreed to grant the extension of six months to Mr. 
Shepard for commencement on oil well and directed that 
he be so advised. 



The Land Department presented application from E. D. 
Harris to reeonvey land purchased from the Trustees, 
known as English Island, for which he paid $50.00 an acre, 
and apply the payment of $202.13 as first payment on lake 
bottom land adjoining has upland, the rate per acre for 
lake bottom land to be $50.00 per acre. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the application was 
denied. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. R. A. 
Henderson of Fort Myers, advising that he had furnished 
survey of land on which he made a deposit in 1925, and 
requesting that deed be issued immediately. 

The survey having been referred to Mr. Richardson for 
checking, the Trustees directed that deed be issued as soon 
as the survey is approved. 

Letter was presented from Mr. A. C. Plage of Atlanta, 
requesting the Trustees to allow him to reeonvey one-half 



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of the land purchased by him under Entry No. 17419, be- 
ing the NWi£ of SEV4 of Section 15, Township 18 South, 
Range 28 East, Lake County, and issue deed to him for 
the remainder, cancelling mortgage and notes held by the 
Trustees. 

The Land Department having advised that Mr. Plage 
had made payments equal to one-half of the purchase, the 
Trustees agreed to allow the reconveyance of one -half of 
the land and deed the balance to Mr. Plage upon the con- 
dition that all taxes are paid and no outstanding indebted- 
ness on the reconveyed portion. 



The Land Department presented an offer from J. O. 
HilUs of Tampa of $10.00 per acre for the N>/> of NW14 
of Section 10, and NWy 4 of SW% and N% of NW% of 
Section 4, Township 33 South. Range 20 East, Manatee 
County. 

Upon motion the offer was declined. 



Mr. N. R. Boniske of Jacksonville, on behalf of Mr. R. 
M. Jones, of General Industries, Inc., made an offer on an 
unsurveyed hiatus between Ranges 36 and 37 East, Town- 
ships 53, 54 and 55, his company to make survey for de- 
termining location of hiatus. Upon being advised of the 
extent of survey to be made to correctly locate the hiatus, 
Mr. Boniske withdrew the offer. 



Dr. J. B. Game, Sr., of Tallahassee, appeared before the 
Trustees and made application to purchase a small tract 
of land in front of Shell Island in the Wakulla River, near 
St. Marks, containing approximately 2 acres; also applied 
to purchase a sand flat beyond St. Marks lighthouse con- 
taining approximately 63 acres, and requested the Trus- 
tees to set a price on the land. 

Mr. Knott moved that the application be received and 
the matter be referred to Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, for 
report as to the value of the land and proper description. 
Motion seconded and adopted. 



Mr. C. P. Dodson of Jacksonville appeared before the 
Trustees relative to proposition made at previous meeting 
to exchange credits he has with the Trustees for release of 
mortgage on 194 acres of land in Entry No. 17113. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the proposition was 



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taken under advisement and held for further considera- 
tion. 



With reference to granting extension for beginning first 
well on lands under lease from the Trustees, it was or- 
dered that each application be acted upon individually. 



The Trustees having agreed to sell 1.86 acres of land in 
Duval County to Mr. J. V. Daniels, subject to advertise- 
ment for objections, the following notice was ordered 
placed in the Florida Times-Union: 

NOTICE 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold 
a meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, May 27, 1930, at 
Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following described 
land in Duval County, Florida: 

For a point of beginning to the description of 
the land herein conveyed, commence at the North- 
east corner of Section 19, Township 1 South, 
Range 29 East, run 

Thence South 1 degree 3' East along the East- 
ern boundary of said Section 19, as extended 
across the St. Johns River 5,287.92 feet to the 
Southeast corner of said Section 19 (which point 
is in the St. Johns River) ; 

Thence continue South 1 degree 3' East along 
the Eastern boundary of Section 30, 102.9 feet to 
an 8" x8" concrete post with brass cap marked 
"U. S. Property Line" situated in said East line 
of Section 30, Township 1 South, Range 29 East ; 

Thence run South 65 degrees 55' 15" West, 
957,2 feet to the Northwest corner of a tract of 
land conveyed to the V. S. Government by the 
State of Florida by deed dated February 26, 
1929; 

Thence run South 72 degrees 28' West 360 feet 
along high water mark of the St. Johns River ; 

Thence South 55 degrees 35' West, 675 feet 
along high water mark of the St, Johns River ; 

Thence South 46 degrees 12' 15" West, 539.3 
feet along high water mark of the St. Johns River 



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to point of beginning (which point is the North- 
west corner of tract of land conveyed by the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund to John 
V. Daniels by Deed No, 18016, bearing date of 
July 18, 1929). 

From the said above described point of begin- 
ning, run South 46 degrees 12' 15" West, 286.45 
feet along high water mark of the St. Johns 
River ; 

Thence South 61 degrees 24' 30" East, 334.86 
feet; 

Thence North 71 degrees 5' 30" East, 235 feet ; 

Thence North 47 degrees 38' West, 419 feet to 
point of beginning. 

Containing 1.866 acres, more or less, lying and 
being in Section 30, Township 1 South, Range 29 
East, Duval County, State of Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objection to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same on date of sale as 
therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST ; 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, April 29, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. Y. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



347 

The Minutes of the Trustees of April 22nd were pre- 
sented and approved. 



Messrs. Watson and Dozier of Ritta Farms Development 
Company appeared before the Trustees and requested that 
they be allowed to reconvey one-half of the land in Entry 
No. 17233 covering lands in Township 43 South, Range 35 
East, on which has been paid $20,687.50 principal repre- 
senting one-half of the purchase price, and the Trustees 
issue 'to said Company deed for the other half of the land. 
Mr. "Watson advised that a portion of this land had been 
sold, but payments had not been kept up and foreclosure 
proceedings would have to be instituted before the Com- 
pany would be in position to reconvey the land to the State. 

After discussion, the Trustees signified their willingness 
to accept reconveyance of a portion of the land, free of all 
taxes and liens, and issue deed to the above Company for 
an area represented by the payments made. The Trustees 
suggested that Messrs. Watson and Dozier proceed to fore- 
close on the mortgages and get the land in shape to be re- 
conveyed, and then make a concrete proposition to the 
Trustees. 

Mr. Harley Watson requested the Trustees to exchange 
the Wl/ 2 of Section 23, Township 38 South, Range 34 East, 
purchased by him in 1919 under Entry No. 1S729 which is 
paid for in full, for land owned by the State on the South 
side of the lake as his land is not suitable for cultivation, 
being under water the greater part of each year, and offer- 
ing to take less acreage in exchange. 

The Trustees advised Mr, Watson that it was not their 
policy to make exchanges of land and that they only did so 
when it was for the purpose of blocking up holdings of a 
company and in consideration of certain improvements be- 
ing made that would justify the exchange. 

Mr. Watson stated that it would be agreeable to him if 
the Trustees would accept this half Section 23 and allow 
additional credit of land in the transaction with Ritta 
Farms Development Company. 

The Trustees advised Mr. Watson that they would do 
the best they could in the adjustment of these matters, but 
suggested that the foreclosure of lands in Entry No. 17233 
be perfected and then make application for the adjustments 
desired. 



Mr. C. F. Dodson appeared before the Trustees relative 



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to proposition presented to them at former meetings. Mr. 
Dodson stated that if the Trustees did not feel that they 
would be jusified in accepting the $9,799.70 credit in pay- 
ment of mortgage held on Entry No. 17113, that it would 
be agreeable to him to allow another credit of approxi- 
mately $8,000.00 he has with the State to apply on clearing 
up this mortgage, in so far as neeessary to make up the 
difference. 

The Trustees advised Mr. Dodson that upon return of the 
Governor and Attorney General the matter would be* con- 
sidered and finally disposed of and he would be notified. 



Mr. Pat Kelly, attorney, Mr. Geo. V. Green, President 
of Standard Dredging Company, and Mr. J. A. Banks, 
President of Atlantic Shell Company, appeared before the 
Trustees and made application for an exclusive lease for a 
period of thirteen years to dredge and mine shell in the 
St. Johns Siver, stating that their present leases would ex- 
pire October of this year and that before carrying out any 
plans for enlargement of plants and other improvements 
they desired assurance that their leases would be renewed. 

After discussion Mr. Mayo moved that the matter be 
held m statu, quo for a full membership of the Board 
and that Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, be directed to 
make investigation of the territory this week and report. 
Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. The Trus- 
tees agreed that if possible, action would be taken within 
the next ten days. 



Mr. W. T. Wallis, Jr., appeared before the Trustees 
in reference to lands purchased by Brown Company and 
called the Trustees attention to the date of the next pay- 
ment which is June 6, 1930; stating that with this pay- 
ment the completion of all payments due the Trustees 
by Brown Company will have been made upon their 
purchase. Mr. Wallis stated that Brown Company was 
much interested in the development of their lands and 
that since the Trustees are the next largest owners of 
lands in that locality his Company wished to discuss with 
the Trustees at a proper time the matter of completing 
the drainage to their holdings and nearby holdings of 
the Trustees, and that the attitude of the Trustees in 
joining in these drainage developments would determine 
to a great extent the policy the above company would 



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pursue in completing the drainage for the lands owned 
by them. 

Mr. WalHs also asked the Trustees to assist the Brown 
Company in the matter of blocking up their lands in 
order that their holdings might be as nearly a solid body 
as practicable. 

The Trustees stated that they would gladly assist in 
every way consistent. 

Mr. WalUs also asked if the Trustees would be willing 
to apply against the interest payment from Brown Com- 
pany upon their next note any credits which might be 
seeured from persons having such credit with the Trustees. 

The Trustees reached no definite decision on this point 
but agreed to advise Mr. Wallis at a later date. 



The Secretary presented a letter from Mr. E. L. Stapp 
of Miami, making an offer of $42,000.00 for the Trustees 
equity in certain drainage tax certificates covering 41,562 
acres of land in Township 49 South, Ranges 37, 38 and 39 
Bast — Broward County, and also offered $8,000.00 for the 
Trustees deed covering 2,745 acres in Sections 31, 32 and 
33, Township 49 South, Range 41 East, and Sections 3, 4, 
and 5 in Township 50 South, Range 41 East. 

The above offers being approximately 75 per cent of 
the amount necessary to redeem the land, upon motion of 
Mr. Mayo, seconded and adopted, the Trustees declined 
to accept on the ground that they had no authority to 
allow redemption for less than taxes, penalties and costs. 
The Secretary was directed to advise Mr. Stapp of the 
action. 



Mr. Amos presented telegram from Mr. G. W. Bingham 
of West Palm Beach, requesting the Trustees to release 
the oil rights to his client on land purchased by him from 
the State. 

The matter was ordered held for a full membership 
to take action. 



The Secretary submitted an offer from Mr. Walter Laski 
of $100.00 for Tract 28, Section 25, Township 50, South 
Range 41 — 4.5 acres in Broward County, plus any cost 
attached to the sale. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees accept- 
ed the offer of Mr. Laski and directed that the land be 
advertised for sale. 



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An offer of $484.50 was presented from Mr. John M. 
Sutton to redeem drainage certificates on land in Ever- 
glades Drainage District, which was the amount necessary 
to redeem the land. 

The matter was referred to Counsel for the Trustees 
for an opinion as to authority of the Trustees in the 
premises. 

The Trustees recessed the meeting to re-convene at 4 :30 
P.M. 



4:30 P. M. 
The Trustees met pursuant to recessed meeting of the 
morning with the same members present and also Gover- 
nor Doyle E. Carlton. 



Mr. J. M. Goodwin of Ft. Lauderdale made application 
to purchase at tax sale Tract 7 of Block 84, Section 5, 
Township 48, Range 42, and Tracts 37, 58 and 60 of 
Block 86, Section 7, Township 48, Range 42, Palm Beach 
County, and offered $355.00 for the land. 

The Trustees ordered that the land be advertised for 
the highest bid. 



Mr. John Scott made an offer of $25.00 for Certificates 
held by the Trustees on the SWi^ of SW14 of NE^ of 
Section 2, Township 55, Range 40 — 10 acres. 

The offer was declined bv the Trustees. 



Messrs. Wiseheart & Gay of Miami submitted an offer 
of $107.70 to redeem Drainage Tax Certificates held by 
the Trustees on Tract 17, Section 30, Township 50, Range 
41 — 20.73 acres, which is the amount necessary to redeem 
the land. 

The offer was declined by the Trustees. 



The Land Department advised that Mr. Richardson, 
Land Agent, had reported on the application of Chas. M. 
Todd to purchase Tract 25, Seetion 24, Township 42, 
Range 36, with recommendation that Mr. Todd be allowed 
to purchase at the price offered — $200.00 per acre, owing 
to the fact that tbis land was a claim of his mother's 
who was unable to make payment at the time other settlers 
in that section took up their claims. 



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Upon motion, the Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Todd 
to purchase the above tract at a price of $200,00 per acre, 

Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that he 
had made investigation of conditions in North Eagle Bay 
section and found that circumstances were such that he 
would recommend refunding the cash payments made 
by applicants as the cost to the Trustees for making the 
survey would not be justified by sales in that area for 
some time to come. 

The Trustees directed that refunds be made of the 
amounts deposited by settlers in that section. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. Tom Conely, 
Jr., of Okeechobee, requesting the Trustees to take action 
on his application to purchase Lot 6, Block 20, South Okee- 
chobee, for which he made an offer of $50.00 plus all taxes, 
penalties and costs. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to sell the said Lot 6 to Mr. Conely at a price of $50.00 
plus taxes and all costs, subject to advertisement as re- 
quired by law. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary $ 350.00 

A. R. Richardson, Field Agent — Salary and Ex- 
penses 558.04 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

R. W. Ervin, Gen. Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant. ; 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

R. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

F. P. Jackson, Extra Help 193.45 

D. B. Pinkston, Extra Help 165.90 

Board of Commissioners Ev. Dr. District, Re- 
fund 17.52 

Fred E. Fenno, Clerk, West Palm Beach, Fla. 2.00 

Miami Herald Publishing Co., Miami, Fla 36.58 

W. H. May, P. M., Tallahassee, Fla 67.16 

$ 2,724.82 



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Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
Attest : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, May 6, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of the Trustees of April 29th were pre- 
sented and approved. 



Mr. Carl P. Weidling of Fort Lauderdale and Mr. 
Lathero of Miami, attorneys for Normandy Beach Prop- 
erties Corporation, requested the Trustees to issue to their 
company quit-claim deed for approximately 225 acres of 
land in Sections 3 and 10, Township, 43 South, Range 42 
East, in Biscayne Bay, Dade County, as they had bulk- 
headed and filled in the land on the assumption that it be- 
longed to them under riparian rights. However, upon ex- 
amination of title it had developed that the Trustees have 
an equity in the land. 

After discussion, the Trustees agreed to issue quit -claim 
deed to Normandy Beach Properties Corporation upon 
payment of $500.00, and the matter was referred to the 
Attorney General for handling the legal features of the 
Transaction, 



Messrs. Kennedy and Trueman of Milton submitted an 
offer to the Trustees of $10.00 per acre for swamp and 
overflowed lands in Sections 25, 35, and 36, Township 2 
North, Range 28 West, and Sections 2 and 3 in Township 
1 North, Range 28 West, approximately 377 acres. 

Upon considering the proposition, the Trustees agreed to 
advertise the land for highest bids and objections, pro- 
vided Messrs. Kennedy and Trueman would agree to bid 



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not less than $10.00 an acre on date of sale, which was 
agreed to. The land was ordered advertised as soon as de- 
scription could be obtained. 



Mr. Pat Kelly, attorney, Mr. Geo. V. Green, president of 
Standard Dredging Company, and Mr. J. A. Banks, pres- 
ident of Atlantic Shell Company, also Mr. B. D. Olson and 
his attorney,, H. W. Thompson, appeared before the Trus- 
tees relative to application for shell leases in the St. Johns 
River and in certain creeks adjacent thereto. 

The application of Messrs. Green and Banks for exclusive 
leases on the St. Johns River from Clapboards Creek to the 
ocean was objected to by Mr. Olson on the ground that he 
did not think the State should give any one an exclusive 
lease on the shell beds in the river. The application of Mr. 
OLson for shell lease in Sister's Creek, Pepper Creek and 
Pablo Creek was objected to by Messrs. KeUy, Green and 
Banks on the ground that there was not sufficient shell to 
make it profitable for another company to engage in dredg- 
ing operations. 

After hearing objections and discussions from all parties, 
Mr. Davis moved that the Trustees overrule all objections. 

Applications for leases being before the Board, the 
Trustees agreed to extend the exclusive leases of Standard 
Dredging Company and Atlantic Shell Company, expiring 
October 18, 1930, to June 15, 1932, and in addition grant 
exclusive leases to said companies on the area in the St. 
Johns River from Clapboards Creek to the ocean, not con- 
tained in leases above referred to. Said new leases to be 
dated May 6, 1930, and terminate June 15, 1932, after 
which date the price of five (5) cents per ton, which is 
equivalent by measurement to one cubic yard, and the pay- 
ment of $25.00 per month minimum royalty on each lease, 
will be subject to modification by the Trustees; leases to be 
exclusive conditioned upon continued operation by the 
lessee. 

The Trustees also agreed to issue shell leases to J. A. 
OLson & Son, Standard Dredging Company and Atlantic 
Shell Company on the following creeks : 

Sisters Creek, Pepper Creek and Pablo Creek, upon the 
usual terms and conditions; prices to be five cents (5e) 
per ton, which is equivalent to one cubic yard^ and a mini- 
mum monthly royalty of $25.00; said prices to be effective 
until June 15, 1932, expiration date of said leases, and 

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thereafter prices to be subject to modification by the Trus- 
tees. 

The action of the Trustees was agreed to by Messrs. 
Kelly, Green, Banks and Olson, and leases were ordered 
prepared for execution by all parties. 



Mr. C. P. Dodson, having submitted proposition April 
29th requesting the Trustees to allow him to use credits 
he has with the State to cancel mortgage against Entry 
No. 17113, which Entry was assigned to him by Jas. A. 
Dew, original purchaser, asked that action be taken today 
if possible. 

After discussion and upon motion, seconded and adopted, 
the Trustees agreed to allow Mr. Dodson to use his credits 
to release mortgage outstanding against Entry No. 17113 in 
payment of both principal and interest. 



The Secretary reported that the Trustees had not paid 
Sub-Drainage District taxes on their lands, and that the 
Tax Collectors were preparing advertisements for delin- 
quent tax sale. 

The order of the Trustees was that Sub-drainage District 
taxes on Trustees' lands be paid immediately, and that the 
Secretary advise the various Tax Collectors to withhold 
advertisement of such lands. 



The Secretary was authorized to purchase sheets and 
photographic copies of Coast and Geodetic Surveys from 
San Carlos Bay to Cape Sable. 



Request was presented from Mr. Tom Norfleet that his 
oil lease be dated April 29th instead of April 1st as his 
first lease expired April 29th. 

The Trustees granted the request of Mr. Norfleet and 
directed that the said lease be dated April 29, 1930. 



The Land Department presented application from Baynes 
& Rowe, of West Palm Beach, on behalf of client C. E. 
Thomas, to purchase Lots 2 and 3, of Section 25, and SE^ 
of NE»4 of Section 26, Township 43 South, Range 35 East, 
Palm Beach County, at a price of $150.00 per acre. 

The offer was declined by the Trustees. 



The Land Department presented letter from W. T. Wal- 



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lis, Jr., representing Brown Company, advising that they 
were in position to secure certain credits of individuals 
held by the State at a discount, and requested that Brown 
Company be allowed to use such credits in payment of in- 
terest on note due the Trustees by Brown Company June 6, 
1930, and offering to allow the Trustees a percentage of the 
discounts. 

The matter was ordered held for further consideration. 
and the Land Department directed to advise Mr. Wallis 
that if his company would agree to allow the Trustees 12Vi> 
per cent of the discounts on the said credits, the matter 
woidd be submitted at the next meeting for consideration. 



Air. A. B. Biehardson, Land Agent, submitted report on 
the value of land applied for by Dr. J. B. Game, Sr., in the 
Wakulla Biver and near St. Marks Lighthouse. 

Upon consideration of the report, the Trustees agreed to 
issue quit-claim deed to Dr. Came to the submerged island 
of approximately 2 acres in the Wakulla River at a price 
of $40.00 per acre, plus cost of survey, and to the sand flat 
about two miles southwesterly from St. Marks Lighthouse, 
containing approximately 63 acres, at a price of $5.00 per 
acre plus cost of survey. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Julian 
Bandolph requesting the Trustees to advise if they would 
sell land adjacent to Florida East Coast Bailway Com- 
pany 's land, which is adjacent to his property. 

The Land Department was directed to advise Mr. Ran- 
dolph that if he would submit his best bid on the land, the 
Trustees would be glad to consider same and advise him of 
their action. 



The Land Department reported that several applications 
had been received for release of oil rights on lands pur- 
chased from the State. 

The Trustees directed that the applications be held for 

further consideration. 



The following bill was presented and approved: 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, Tallahassee, Fla., expense 
account $55.20 

Financial Statement for the month of April, 1930, was 
presented and ordered placed of record: 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR APRIL, 1930 

Balance in Fund April l t 1930 . . .$ 46.245.04 

Receipts on account of oil leases. . 5.801.48 

From Land Sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts 1923, and Ch. 10024, Acts 
of 1925 5,254.14 

Sale of Sand, Shell and Gravel . . 397.19 

Refund on account of Check 8033 
reported lost ; Stop payment or- 
dered and charged back to Bank T.Hil 

Reimbursement to Trustees ac- 
count investigation Cape Haze 
property by A. R. Richardson 64.05 

Interest deposits quarter ending 
3-31-1930 271.73 

Land Sales ($1,178.42) less 25% 
to State School Fund (294.60) 883.82 

$58,925.44 
Less Disbursements 3,320.51 

Balance on hand May 1, 1930 ... $ 55.604.93 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 54,604.93 



$ 55,604.93 



BALANCES IN BANKS MAY 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 4,637.34 

Bamett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 4,092.42 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 28,005.80 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla 7.731.13 

First National Bank, Miami. Fla. 1.940.15 

Capital Citv Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla. 5,577.92 

The Exchange Bank. Tallahassee, 

Fla 478.24 



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Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla $ 1.141.93 

Capital City Bank, spec ial account 1,000.00 

$ 54,604,93 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1930 No. In Favor of— Amount 

Apr. 9 8097 Western Union Telegraph Co $ 4.87 

8098 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 2.64 

8099 Southern Tele. & Constr. Co. ..... 4.25 

8100 Railway Express Agency .50 

8101 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 3.50 

8102 Grant Furniture Company 45.00 

8103 A. R. Richardson 159.91 

M04 (iavlord Brothers .75 

8105 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 203.27 

8106 Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C 15.82 

8107 C. K. Allen 39.80 

8108 Jessie Wilson 34.26 

Apr. 16 8109 J. B. Shuman 71.12 

8110 W. H. May, Postmaster 10.00 

30 8111 F. C. Elliot 350.00 

8112 A. R. Richardson 558.04 

8113 M. C. Melntosh 229.16 

8114 F. E. Bay less 233.34 

8115 C. B. Gwyiin 300.00 

8116 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

8117 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8118 Jentye Dedge - 75.00 

8119 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

8120 Hattie Bell 83.33 

8121 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

8122 F. P. Jackson 193.45 

8123 D. B. Pinkston 165.00 

8124 Bd. Commrs. Everglades Dr. Dist. 17.52 

8125 Fred B. Fenno, C. C. C 2.00 

8126 Miami Herald Publishing Co 36.58 

8127 W. H. May, Postmaster 67.16 

$3,320.51 



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Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman . 



ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, May 9, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secretary advised that he had instructed the Tax 
Collectors of the several counties of the Everglades Drain- 
age District to withhold from advertisement in the year 
1930 lands covered by Everglades Drainage District tax 
certificates held by the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund unredeemed for the years 1914 to 1929, inclu- 
sive, and that certain Tax Collectors had taken the position 
that since these lands had been extended upon the tax 
roll, and since taxes had not been paid upon said lands for 
1929, that it was proposed to advertise such lands at tax 
sale in 1930. 

Upon discussion of the subject and examination of an 
opinion from the Special Counsel for Trustees, expressed 
in a letter of August 2nd, 1929, in which the Attorney 
General concurred, the Trustees adopted the following 
resolution : 



RESOLUTION 

WHEHEAS, Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund by law are the holders of certain Everglades Drain- 
age District Tax Certificates for the years 1914 to 1929, 
inclusive, which said Drainage Tax Certificates are un- 
redeemed and subject to redemption; and 

WHEREAS, Section 1539 of the Compiled General 
Laws of Florida, 1927, provides that "No lands which have 
previously been sold for non-payment of such tax or assess- 
ment and for which unredeemed tax certificates are out- 



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standing shall be again advertised and sold for the non- 
payment of such tax"; now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund confirm their instructions as of May 
8, 1930, to the Tax Collectors to withhold from advertise- 
ment at tax sale in 1930, for the 1929 or prior taxes, all 
lands covered by Everglades Drainage District tax certi- 
ficates remaining unredeemed as of the above date held by 
the said Trustees, lists of which lands were furnished each 
Tax Collector for counties having lands within Everglades 
Drainage District; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Tax Col- 
lectors of the several counties having lands within Ever- 
glades Drainage District be and they are hereby directed 
to account for sueh lands, where the same have been ex- 
tended upon the tax roll, by reporting same as ERRORS ; 
and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That in the event 
lands covered by unredeemed Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict Tax Certificates held by the Trustees be advertised, 
that the said Trustees will not pay the cost of such adver- 
tisement or sale, or any other expense connected therewith. 

The Trustees directed the Secretary to write the Tax 
Collectors of counties having lands in Everglades Drainage 
District, confirming their instructions of May 8th and in- 
dicating the position which the Trustees take in reference 
to such unredeemed Everglades Drainage District tax cer- 
tificates, furnishing the said Tax Collectors with a eopy of 
the foregoing resolution, and also to advise the newspapers 
selected for advertisement of Everglades Drainage District 
tax sale that the Trustees would not pay for advertisement 
of lands covered by unredeemed Everglades Drainage 
District tax certificates held by the said Trustees. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Sub-Drainage District Taxes. 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C, West Palm Beach . .$ 34,028.77 

Bob Simpson, T. C, Miami, Fla 4,002.61 

J. A. Warren, T. C, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 4,232.43 

Everglades Drainage District, Tallahassee, Fla. 614.22 

J. P. Moore, T. C, Moore Haven, Fla 2,855.12 



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Rov A. O'Bannon, T. 0., West Palm Beach, 

Fla $ 941.64 

Ralph B. Johnson, T. C, Bradenton, Fla 1,339.83 

J. A. Warren, T. C, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 2.45 

$ 48,017.07 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees, ad- 
journed. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliott, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, May 20, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fret! H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of May 6th were presented and 
approved. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr, W. T. Wallis 
{as information to the Trustees) containing abstract of 
record from Palm Beach County showing that warranty 
deed had been given by Benjamin Pinner and wife, Sallie 
E., to F, Peter Hermann and Morey Dunn, to certain sub- 
merged lands belonging to the State and surrounding an 
island in Lake Worth, which island is known as Govern- 
ment Lot 5, Section 15, Township 44 South, Range 43 East, 
the consideration being $30,000.00. 

The matter was referred to Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, for 
whatever action was necessary. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date land 
in Volusia County applied for by Geo. I. Fullerton of New 
Smyrna, on behalf of his clients Zelia Wilson Sweet and 
Zelia Frances Bouchelle, called for objections, if any. 

The City of New Smyrna having written objections to 



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the sale of the said land. Mr. Jas. G. Mahorner, of the 
firm of Hull, Land is & Whitehair, and Mr. Farris, City 
Manager, personally presented the objections of the City, 
and urged the Trustees to refuse to sell the land to the 
applicants, as the sale would interfere with plans of the 
City for beautifying the river front, and also that the 
clients of Mr. Fullerton has no claim on the land as upland 
owners. 

Mr. Farris stated that on behalf of the City he was at 
liberty to make a bid for the land at whatever price the 
Trustees thought satisfactory and would submit a written 
application. 

Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees withhold the land 
from sale and not make any disposition at this time. Sec- 
onded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Mahorner and Mr. Farris were advised that they 
would be notified before any sale was made of the said 
land. 



Mr. Jas. G. Mahorner, representing the City of New 
Smyrna, made application to purchase .5 of an acre of sub- 
merged land in Township 17 South, Range 34 East, Volusia 
County, to be used for public purposes and agreed to pay 
$10.00 for the land, plus cost of advertising. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to sell the land to the City of New Smyrna for the price of 
$10.00, plus cost of advertising, on condition that the land 
be used for public purposes only, and the following notice 
was ordered placed in the DeLand Sun-News : 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, May 20, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at ten o'clock A. M., Tuesday, June 24th, A. D. 
1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged land in VOLUSIA County, Florida: 

Starting at a point which point is an iron pin in 
the old Stone "Wharf on North Line Cavedo Grant 
in New Smyrna, Florida, 

Thenee North 34 degrees 30' West 748 feet ; 

Thence North 22 degrees 45' West, 1,252 feet ; 

Thence North 16 degrees 45' West 600 feet; 



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Thence North 22 degrees 45' West 970 feet ; 

Thence North 51 degrees 10' East 710 feet; 

Thence North 38 degrees 50' East 420 feet, to 
the point of beginning, 

Thence South 15 degrees East for a distance of 
127 feet; 

Thence South 45 degrees West for a distance of 
103 feet; 

Thence North 57 degrees West for a distance of 
100 feet; 

Thence North 9 degrees East for a distance of 
115 feet; 

Thence North 75 degrees 30' East for a distance 
of 110 feet to the point of beginning. 

Lying and being in Township 17 South, Range 
34 East, County of Volusia, State of Florida. 

Containing .5 of an acre. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same on date of sale as 
therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Mr. W. E. Sexton and Mr. C. D. S. Clarkson of Vero 
Beach appeared before the Trustees and made application 
to purchase approximately 450 acres of submerged islands 
and shallow flats in Indian River near Vero Beach, in 
Township 32 South, Ranges 39 and 40, and in Township 
33 South, Range 40 East ; the land to be used for develop- 
ment purposes. 

Mr. Knott moved that if the applicants would make a bid 
of $25.00 per acre, the Trustees have Mr. Richardson, 
Land Agent, make investigation of the land and report to 
the Board. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Sexton agreed to make the $25.00 per acre bid, 
whereupon the Trustees directed Mr. Richardson to make 
investigation of the above land this week if possible and 



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report, at which time Mr. Sexton and Mr. Clarkson would 
be advised. 



The Secretary presented telegram to the Attorney Gen- 
eral from E. If. Denham, making application to purchase 
land near the Isle of Normandy in Dade County. 

Upon investigation, it was- ascertained that this land was 
sold to Normandy Beach Properties Corporation. The Sec- 
retary was directed to advise Mr. Denham that the land 
had been sold. 



Mr. Davis and Mr. Amos presented letters from Mr. 
L, V. Trueman of Milton relative to proposition made the 
Trustees by Messrs. Kennedy and Trueman at the meeting 
May 6th. Mr, Trueman advised that Ms people would like 
to have a little time to investigate and also have some assur- 
rance that they could secure title to the land after the inves- 
tigation. After discussion the following resolution was 
adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, Messrs. Kennedy and Trueman appeared 
before the Trustees on May 6th, and made application to 
purchase certain submerged lands in Santa Rosa County, 
agreeing to bid not less than $10.00 per acre when adver- 
tised for highest bid; and 

WHEREAS, Mr. Trueman has advised that the parties 
interested in the land are not willing to incur the expense 
of making investigations unless allowed ninety (90) days 
within which to make such' investigation and also given 
some assurance that they will receive title to the land when 
advertised for sale ; and 

WHEREAS, It is requested that the Trustees agree to 
sell the land to Messrs. Kennedy and Trueman at the high- 
est prevailing price on date of sale ; now therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Trustees do hereby agree 
to give to Messrs. Kennedy and Trueman refusal to pur- 
chase the swamp and overflowed lands in Sections 25, 35 
and 36, in Township 2 North, Range 28 West, and Sections 
2 and 3 in Township 1 North, Range 28 West — approxi- 
mately 377 acres — at the highest prevailing price offered 
after advertisement for bids. 



The Secretary presented letter from Mr. W. M. Buford 



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offering $100.00 per annum for lease on tract of land on 
the east side of Miami Canal on which to erect a store. 

The Trustees agreed to issue lease to Mr. Buford for a 
strip of land 50' x 100' near the Miami lock for a period of 
four years at a price of $100.00 per annum. 



Mr, R. G. Johnson of West J?alm Beach appeared before 
the Trustees and stated that he and associates had pur- 
chased six sections of sawgrass land in Township 53, Range 
37, on which they paid $20,000.00, that they are unable 
to pay the balance due on the land or pay any of the 
taxes which were outstanding since 1925, and requested 
the Trustees to allow them to reconvey the said land and 
use the $20,000,00 payment to secure an oil lease on the 
six sections. Mr. Johnson advised that he would stand the 
cost of foreclosure on second mortgages against the land 
and put the title back in the State subject to the taxes. 

The amount of taxes not being available, Mr, Mayo re- 
quested Mr. Johnson to furnish his office with a statement 
of taxes outstanding against the land. Whereupon the 
Trustees agreed to issue oil lease to Mr. Johnson, on the 
standard form of lease, and accept the $20,000.00 as pay- 
ment therefor upon condition that Mr. Johnson foreclose 
mortgages, at no cost to the Trustees, and puts the title 
back in the State, which was agreed to by Mr. Johnson. 

Mr, A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that he had 
made an inspection of the area on which the Trustees have 
land leases and recommends that in cases where the land 
had been unsuitable for farming during the past season on 
account of high water that the Trustees credit the lessees 
with first pavnient on leases commencing July 1, 1930, and 
ending June 30, 1931. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees carry out the recom- 
mendations of the Land Agent as to the leases. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Davis brought up the matter of selling tax certificate 
lands for taxes to other than the original owners, and sug- 
gested that some plan be worked out whereby the Trustees 
could put some of these lands on the market and realize 
something on them. 

After discussing the matter the Trustees requested the 
Secretary to work out some plan that would be feasible in 
disposing of these certificated lands held by the Trustees. 



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The Secretary presented request from N. R. Boniske of 
Jacksonville for extension to July 1st in which to make 
payment of amount due on oil lease granted his company. 

The Secretary was directed to advise Mr, Boniske by 
wire that he would be given until Monday, May 26th, in 
which to make payment, otherwise the lease would be 
eoncelled. 



Mr, M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that foreclosure 
proceedings in the case of Paul D. Camp had been com- 
pleted and master's deed to the land had been transmitted 
to the Commissioner of Agriculture. 



The Secretary presented telegram from Mr. P. B. Also- 
brook of Leesburg requesting the Trustees to give them 
until the first meeting in June to come before the board 
relative to permit for taking sawgrass from State land. 

The Secretary was directed to advise Mr. Alsobrook that 
there would probably be no meeting on the 3rd of June, 
but he could be present at the meeting to be held June 10th. 



Mr. Elliot stated that Mr. Keller, the auditor in charge 
of auditing the records of the Drainage Board, desired to 
be advised if the Trustees wanted a balance sheet statement 
of the Trustees' accounts as it had been necessary to go 
over the accounts of the Trustees in making the Drainage 
Board audit, which statement would inelude tax certificates, 
mortgages and leases, at an approximate cost of $200.00. 

The Trustees agreed that it would not be necessary at 
this time to incur the additional expense as the work could 
be done by the regular force in the Land Office and Secre- 
tary f s office, and it was so ordered. 



Mr. Elliot reported that Mr. Keller, Auditor, had recom- 
mended a certain type of machine for handling the tax cer- 
tificate work of the Trustees, which machine would cost 
approximately $2,000.00 but would save the Trustees the 
time of four men. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees do not purchase the 
machine at this time. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon 
vote adopted. 

The Secretary stated that the matter referred to him to 
be taken up with the Secretary of the Interior in Washing- 
ton in reference to the selection of certain lands by the 



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Trustees in exchange for certain lands owned by the State 
requested by the United States to be exchanged in blocking 
up certain Forest Reserves, was being handled by corre- 
spondence sinee the contemplated trip to Washington which 
he was to make had not been made. 

The Trustees directed that proper papers be prepared 
and a form of bill drafted to be transmitted to the Senators 
and Representatives in Congress, suggesting that such bill 
be passed by the Congress authorizing and allowing such 
selections without the necessity of hearings thereon. 



Mr. Knott presented the matter of purchase of two tracts 
of land in the Everglades several years ago, at which time 
he was not a member of the Board, and stated that he would 
be glad if the Trustees would allow him to reeonvey one of 
such tracts and apply the payments made upon same to the 
payment of the other tract and make adjustment of any 
differences. 

Upon motion the matter was referred to Mr. Eiehardson 
for investigation and report. Seconded and adopted. 



The Land Department presented applications for the re- 
lease of oil and mineral reservation on land purchased from 
the State by the following parties : 

Benjamin Axleroad, Miami, Fla. 

B. F. Lyons Iron Works, Inc., Tampa, Fla. 

Myrtle 0. Staines Waters, Detroit, Michigan. 

0. W. Calkins, Miami, Fla. 

Kathryn Shields, Miami, Fla. 

Carl T. Hoffman, Miami, Fla. 

H. H. Cool, Miami, Fla. 

L. W. Crow, Miami, Fla. 

J. W. Rice Co., Dayton, Ohio. 

The Trustees agreed to allow release of the oil and min- 
eral reservations to the above parties at a price of Fifty 
(50) cents per acre, and the Land Department was directed 
to so advise. 



The Land Department presented notice that H. A. Vivian 
and Trails Land Company held individual certificates on 
lands on which the Trustees have mortgages and had ap- 
plied to the Clerk of the Court for tax deeds. 

The Trustees directed that the Land Department cheek 



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up and ascertain the amount of tax certificates outstanding 
against the lands and report at the next meeting. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla. . . $ 4,40 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Pla 1.39 

Southern Tel, & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, Fla 4.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 15.45 

Railway Express Agency, Tallahassee, Fla 2.18 

Tallahassee Office Supply Co., Tallahassee, Fla.. , . 1.50 

F. C. Elliot, Tallahassee, Fla. (Reimbursement).. 32.40 

Dale B. Brown, C. C. C, BunneU, Fla 1.00 

The Tax Holding Corporation, Miami, Fla 51.50 

J. P. Moore, Tax Collector, Moore Haven Fla. . . . 10.70 

J. L. Taylor, Tax Collector, LaBelle, Fla 18.14 

Roy A. O'Bannon, Tax Collector, West Palm 

Beach, Pla 66.03 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 114.83 

Miami Oil Land Company, Box 445, Miami, Fla. . . ' 5.09 

Miami Florida Oil Company, Miami, Fla 1.02 

Coast to Coast Investment Co., Miami, Fla .68 



$330.56 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, May 27, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The minutes of the Trustees of May 9th and 20th were 
presented and approved. 



Mr. P. C. B, LeGro of Miami appeared before the Trus- 



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tees and submitted a proposition for adjustment of a cer- 
tain mortgage No. 17274-B, from iiimself and wife, under 
date of December 14, 1926, to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund on lands sold in 1925 to Gamble & 
Gamble, Inc., and/or Venetian Islands, Inc. Mr. LeGro 
stated that upon failure of Venetian Islands, Inc., to carry 
out a certain contract with Dade County he took over a 
certain portion of the land sold to Gamble & Gamble Inc., 
and. or Venetian Islands, Inc., and executed therefor his 
mortgage, No. 17274-B, above mentioned; that conditions 
and land values have changed since the date of purchase ; 
that he now requests the Trustees to allow him to reeonvey 
to the Trustees title to the lands covered by said mortgage 
No. 17274-B free of all encumbrances, and thereupon the 
Trustees to advertise and resell to said P. C. B, LeGro, or 
a company to be designated by him, the said lands at a 
price of $100.00 per acre cash to be hereafter paid, it be- 
ing understood that any expense incident to the clearing 
up of the title shall be borne by F. C. B. LeGro. 

Upon consideration of the matter, the Trustees agreed 
to accept, the proposition of Mr. LeGro if carried out with 
dispatch and within one year from date. Whereupon the 
following resolution was adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Trustees hereby authorize 
a contract to be prepared and entered into on the part of 
the Trustees and F. C. B. LeGro that either by foreclosure 
or other means the Trustees shall become vested of title 
to all that land now covered by Mortgage No. 17274-B, 
comprising 103.97 acres of land in Sections "8 and 9, in 
Township 53 South, Range 42 East, Dade County, Florida ; 
that immediately the Trustees become in possession of title 
they hereby agree to advertise the land so repossessed and 
sell to F. C. B. LeGro, or eompany to be designated by him, 
for a cash price of $100.00 per acre ; said deed of convey- 
ance shall be the regular form of grant, bargain and sell 
deed given by the Trustees, including all oil and mineral 
rights and rights to dredge surrounding and adjacent bay 
bottoms for the purpose of obtaining such material as may 
be necessary, proper or needful for filling the said land 
purchased ; said dredging operations to be subject to the 
control and regulation of the Trustees; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That F. C. B. LeGro 



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is hereby authorized to take whatever steps may be neces- 
sary in behalf of the Trustees to secure unto the State 
title, free and clear of all encumbrances, it being under- 
stood that all expenses of the proceedings, either legal or 
otherwise necessary to accomplish this purpose are to be 
borne by F. C. B. LeGro, the Trustees to be in no way 
liable for any expense attached thereto. 



Mr. F. C. B. LeGro of Miami appeared before the Trus- 
tees relative to purchase in 1925 by Gamble & Gamble, for 
North Venetian Island Company, of land in North Bis- 
cayne Bay, Entry No. 17274- A, stating that the said com- 
pany had allowed title to the land to become involved, 
many parcels having been sold under contract. Mr, LeGro 
advised that the North Venetian Island Company had been 
unable to carry out their contracts and that he is taking 
over the transaction and desires to make the following 
proposition to the Trustees : 

The writer has been actively engaged since the 
failure of the North Venetian Island Company 
after the period of 1925 and the storm in 1926, in 
contactiug these contract holders and creditors 
with a view of working out a proposition which 
contemplates taking care of these people who 
have put their money into the project and have 
received nothing for it. It now appears that in 
order to successfully accomplish the proposition 
at which the writer is endeavoring to arrive, 
it is necessary that the title to this land be 
cleared of all outstanding claims; that it be vest- 
ed in the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund, and that the Trustees agree to sell it,' 
immediately the title has been cleared, to the 
writer or a company to be designated by him 
at the price of $100.00 per acre and accepting in 
payment therefor a five year mortgage bearing in- 
terest at the rate of six per cent per annum pay- 
able annually. Said sale to include the right and 
privilege to dredge the surrounding bay bottoms 
for the purpose of securing material to properly 
develop the lands conveyed and also to include full 
oil and mineral rights. If is understood and 
agreed that the writer shall be authorized and in- 
structed to secure the services of competent attor- 



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neys to proceed with the foreclosure of the existing 
mortgage on this property and to take any other 
steps necessary to clear the title so- that the Trus- 
tees can sell and convey as heretofore set out, and 
that all of such work and expense incurred to the 
clearing of this transaction shall be borne by the 
writer and the State shall be put to no expense 
whatsoever in this transaction. 

It is now respectfully requested that the Board 
pass a proper resolution authorizing a contract to 
be entered into between the Board of the Internal 
Improvement Fund and the writer, or a company 
to be designated by him, covering all the terms 
and conditions necessary to be complied with to 
properly and fully consumate this transaction. 

After discussion, Mr. Davis moved that the proposition 
be tentatively accepted, subject to being carried out with 
reasonable dispatch, and the agreement of the Trustees to 
be evidenced by a resolution to be prepared by Mr. LeGro 
subject to approval and adoption by the Trustees. Seconded 
by Mr. Amos and upon vote carried. 

Mr, LeGro was requested to have his attorney prepare 
the proper papers and forward to the Trustees for con- 
sideration. 



The Land Department reported that $207.02 was the 
amount necessary to redeem individual tax certificate 
against Section 20, Township 54, Range 36, purchased by 
H, A. Vivian under Entry No. 17304, on which land the 
Trustees hold mortgage. 

Upon motion of Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr, Knott and 
adopted, the Trustees directed that the certificate be re- 
deemed and that steps be taken to have Mr. Vivian reim- 
burse the Trustees for this certificate or deed the land back 
to the State at once in order that the land may be taken off 
the tax books. The Land Department was directed to take 
the matter up wih Mr. Vivian. 



The Land Department reported that $103.13 was the 
amount necessary to redeem individual tax certificate 
against N*| of Section 21, Towuship 54, Range 35, pur- 
chased by Trails Land Company under Entry No. 17262- A. 
B, C, D, on which land the Trustees hold mortgage. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees redeem the tax certifi- 



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cate and make an effort to collect the amount from Trails 
Land Company, or if they fail to do that, get title to the 
land back in the State. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon 
vote adopted. The Land Department was directed to take 
the necessary steps to carry out the above. 



The Lam] Department reported that in August, 1928, 
W. G. Blanehard agreed to purehase Lots 14 and 15, Sec- 
tion 32, Township 50, Range 41, depositing $1,000,00 as 
first payment ; that deed was executed but not delivered as 
Mr. Blanehard failed to execute the mortgage ; that the 
land went on the tax books and drainage taxes are now due 
in the amount of $158.88. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees directed 
that the taxes be paid, and that Mr. Blanehard be notified 
that if he does not reimburse the Trustees the amount of the 
taxes, his purchase will be cancelled and the payment of 
$1,000.00 retained as forfeit. 



Request was presented from Shutts & Bowen for release 
of oil and mineral reservation on Entry No. 16896. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to execute release upon payment of 50c per acre. 



The Land Department presented letter from Benjamin 
Axle road of Miami, protesting to the price of 50 cents per 
acre for release of oil and mineral reservation on his land. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees de- 
clined to reduce the price from 50 cents to 25 cents. 



The Land Department presented bid of $100.00 from the 
City of New Smyrna for .83 of an acre of submerged land 
adjoining property of the city. The said land having been 
advertised for objections on the 20th instant, upon appli- 
cation of clients of Mr, Geo. I. Pullerton, and objections 
being filed by the City of New Smyrna to the sale, the 
Trustees deferred action and directed the Land Depart- 
ment to advise Mr. Pullerton of the bid received from the 
city. . • 



Upon application of J. B. Harney, the Trustees adver- 
tised for sale on this date 24 acres of land in Section 25, 
Township 43, Range 36, Palm Beach County. Objection 
was presented by Wallis Engineering Company on the 



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ground that he has submitted a bid of $50.00 per acre on 
June 3, 1929, and was advised that the Trustees did not 
care to dispose of this land pending definite location for 
Lake Okeechobee levee. 

II r, Davis moved that in view of the objection and of 
the action of the Trustees, that the land be withheld from 
sale. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

J. V. Daniels of Mayport having applied for 1.866 acres 
of land in Section 30, Township 1, Range 29, Duval 
County, offering $200.00, the Trustees advertised same for 
sale on this date. No objections being filed or presented, 
the sale was consummated to Mr. Daniels and deed or- 
dered issued. 



The Trustees having agreed to advertise eertain tax cer- 
tificate lands for sale, upon application of Walter Laski 
and J. M. Goodwin, the following notice was ordered placed 
in the Ft. Lauderdale Daily News: 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, May 27, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given in compliance with the pro- 
visions of Section 1175, Revised General Statutes of Flor- 
ida, that the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
of the State of Florida will receive competitive bids at 10 
o'clock A. M., Tuesday, July 1st, A. D. 1930, at Tallahas- 
see, on the following described land in BROWARD 
County, Florida: 

Tract 7, Block 84, Palm Beach Farms Co., Plat 
3, Section a, Township 48, Range 42 ; 

Tracts 37, 58 and 60, Block 86, Palm Beach 
Farms Co,, Plat 3, Section 7, Township 48, Range 
42; 

Traet 28 (less east 4.5 acres), Section 25, 
Township 50, Range 41 — 10 acres. 
Bids will be received therefor at Tallahassee, Florida, 
until 10 o'clock A. M., on date of sale. \ 

Terms : Cash, 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 
By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

P. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary ; $ 325.00 

A. E. Richardson, Field Agent 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh, Cou&el 229.16 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

R. W. Ervin, General Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk -50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk • 50.00 

P. P. Jackson, Extra Help 175.00 

D. B. Pinkston, Extra Help 175.00 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Pla 310.15 

DeLand Sun -News, DeLand, Pla 14.23 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T. O, West Palm Beach, 

Fla .90 

The Palm Beach Times, West Palm Beach, Fla. 6.50 

J. A. Warren, T. C, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 158.88 

8. V. M. Ray, Miami, Fla 80.80 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 



$ 2,953.97 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary, 



West Palm Beach, Florida, June 6, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date at the El Verano Hotel, West Palm Beach. 

Present: 

Doyle E, Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Pred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



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The final payment being due on this date by Brown Com- 
pany of Portland, Maine, upon the purchase of certain 
lands from the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund, the said Brown Company tendered payment in the 
amount of 117,811.20, principal and iuterest due June 6, 
1930. Statement of the above purchase is as follows : 
Entry No. 17115 — Brown Company of Portland, Maine. 

33,280 acres at $12.00 per acre— Total ... .$339,360.00 

Cash payment 33,280 00 

$33,280.00 due June 6, 1924 j paid June 6, 1924 33,280.00 
$33,280.00 due June 6, 1925 ■ paid June 4, 1925 33,280.00 
$33,280.00 due June 6, 1926 j paid June 4, 1926 33,280 00 
$44,373.35 due June 6, 1927 ; paid June 6, 1927 44,373 35 
$55,466.67 due June 6, 1928 ; paid Jan. 10, 1928 57,444.96 

($1,978.29 interest to date) 
$66,560.00 due June 6, 1929 ; paid June 4, 1929 74,547.20 

($7,987.20 interest to date.) 
$99,840.00 due June 6, 1930; paid 

June 6, 1930 $99,840.00 

Interest due June 6, 1930; 3 years 

at 6% 17,871.20 

117,811.20 

The Trustees directed the Secretary to deposit the fore- 
going amount with Central Farmers Trust Company and 
accept deposit slip therefor. 

The Trustees ordered that the Secretary of State be noti- 
fied that the said Brown Company have complied with all 
conditions of their agreement with the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund relating to the purchase of lands 
described in their deed, which said agreement and deed was 
deposited in escrow with the Secretary of State by letter 
from the State Treasurer dated August 28, 1923, and that 
such notification to the Secretary of State shall be his 
authority to release the said deed to Brown Company of 
Portland, Maine, and to surrender escrow agreement re- 
lating thereto to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 



Brown Company of Portland, Maine, requested the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund to convey to them 
the oil and mineral rights on Everglades binds sold by the 
Trustees to Brown Company, deed for which was this day 
duly received. 

The Trustees agreed that in consideration of the said pur- 



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chase and the payment this day made in full to them by the 
said Brown Company for the lands above referred to, to 
convey to Brown Company all of the right, title and inter- 
est of the said Trustees in and to the oil and mineral rights 
reserved in their deed dated June 6, 1923, for a considera- 
tion of Three Thousand, Three Hundred Twenty-eight Dol- 
lars ($3,328.00) cash. The foregoing was accepted by 
Brown Company and payment in cash was thereupon made. 
Upon request of Brown Company, deed was ordered mailed 
to W. T. Wallis, Jr., Postoffice Box 1862, West Palm Beach, 
Florida. 



The Secretary advised that in examining the accounts of 
the Trustees as they related to payments made to the State 
School Fund on account of one-fourth proceeds from land 
sales that he had found an overpayment by the Trustees, 
through checks for which credits had not been allowed, 
amounting in round figures to $40,000.00, and also that 
through refunds necessary to be made by the Trustees on 
account of land sales in the amount of approximately $137,- 
000.00, there resulted overpayments in one-fourth of this 
sum made by the Trustees to the State School Fund ; that 
within the next few days a statement would be submitted 
showing in detail the status of such accounts. 

The Trustees ordered that beginning with this date the 
State Treasurer withhold from deposit to the credit of the 
State School Fund the usual 25 per cent, pending the com- 
pleting of the statement of account in detail and the recon- 
ciliation of correct amounts due the State School Fund by 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund. 

The Trustees further ordered that copy of this action be 
furnished the State Treasurer and that a notation be made 
upon each remittance to the State Treasurer indicating the 
full amount of remittances to be deposited to the credit of 
the Trustees until the overpaid amount by the Trustees to 
the School Fund shall have been accounted for. 



The Trustees upon request of the Board of Commission- 
ers of Everglades Drainage District agreed to loan Ever- 
glades Drainage District the sum of $101,166.67 with which 
to take up and pay the principal and unpaid interest on a 
certain note executed by Board of Commissioners of Ever- 
glades Drainage District dated December 31, 1929, in favor 
of Central Farmers Trust Company of West Palm Beach, 
Florida, which said note together with part interest stands 



376 

unpaid. The condition of the loan from the said Trustees 
to the said Board to be that the said Board will pledge to 
the payment of the said note proceeds from drainage taxes, 
or if the said note stands unpaid after November 1, 1930, 
to be receivable in payment of Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict taxes upon lands owned by the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund. 



Upon consideration of the foregoing it was the decision 
of the Trustees to loan the sum of $101,166.67 to the Board 
of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District by the 
payment by the said Trustees of the amount aforesaid to 
Central Farmers Trust Company, accompanied by the sur- 
render of the said note held by Central Farmers Trust Com- 
pany to the said Trustees, and the cancellation by the Trus- 
tees of the note upon the execution by the Board of Com- 
missioners of Everglades Drainage District of a note in the 
amount aforesaid under the terms and conditions above de- 
scribed. The note to bear interest at the rate of 6% per 
annum until November 1, 1930. 



Mr. J. E. Beardsley of Clewiston requested the Trustees 
to release to him the right-of-way through the W/ 2 of Sec- 
tion 28, Township 43, Range 35, in lieu of right-of-way re- 
served at the time of the original sale from the Trustees to 
Mr. Champion. 

The Trustees took the matter under advisement. 



Mr. C, E. Thomas appeared before the Trustees and 
offered $150.00 per acre tor lands on Bitta Island, being 
Lots 2 and 3, Section 25, Township 43, Range 35, 19.24 
acres, and the SEi,4 of NE*4 less 1 acre in SW corner of 
SE14 of NE14, Deed No. 17868, in Section 26, Township 43, 
Range 35, 39 acres; purchase to be subject to the lease now 
on this land, 

The offer was accepted, subject to claim or rights of Mr. 
John M. Sutton, former Selecting Agent for the Trustees, 
and also the lease for farming. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 



Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida, June 10, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Messrs. P. B. Alsobrook and C. E. Duncan, representing 
Lake Griffin Pulp and Paper Corporation, appeared be- 
for the Trustees relative to conditions of permit for cut- 
ing grass from land owned by the Trustees, and presented 
certain amendments to the draft submitted April 8th. Mr. 
Duncan requested that a change be made in the conditions 
of the permit in order that the corporation might exhibit 
the lease as evidence that they had permission from the 
State to cut saw-grass in sufficient quantities to justify the 
erection of a mill. 

Mr. Amos suggested that a letter from the Trustees 
would be sufficient, which was agreed to. 

The Secretary presented letter from Servicised Labora- 
tories, Inc., of Chicago, requesting that the Trustees do not 
give exclusive lease to any company for cutting saw-grass 
in the State as they had purchased the Leesburg Paper 
Company's mill on Lake Griffin and would not like to be 
excluded from obtaining sawgrass. Another letter was 
presented from Mr. R. F. Maguire of Orlando, objecting 
to exclusive lease being given Lake Griffin Pulp & Paper 
Corporation, on the ground that Servicised Laboratories 
should be protected. 

After discussion and consideration of the proposition, 
Mr. Amos moved that Servicised Laboratories be requested 
to designate the territory from which they desired to cut 
sawgrass and when they expected to put their mill into 
operation; also that the Attorney General, Mr. Elliot and 
Mr. Mcintosh proceed with arrangements for perfecting 
permit to Lake Griffin Pulp & Paper Corporation, to be 
submitted to the Trustees as soon as prepared. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami appeared before the 
Trustees and requested that lease granted him for taking 
fill material from certain territory in Biscayne Bay be 



378 



changed in order that he might use the fill material on 
other than his own land, and also that the date of expira- 
tion of permit be extended. 

After discussion the Trustees refused to allow Mr. Horo- 
bin to take fill material and deposit same on land other 
than his own property, but agreed to change date of lease 
to read one year from July 1st, 1930. Accepted by Mr. 
Horobin. 



Mr. Thos. II. Horobin of Miami requested the Trustees 
to reconsider sale of land applied for by him and adver- 
tised for objections April 22nd, which sale was deferred 
on account of objections filed. 

The Trustees agreed to have hearing on the sale and ob- 
jections June 17th, and directed that interested parties be 
notified. 



Dr. P. Peter Herman of West Palm Beach appeared be- 
fore the Trustees and asked that he be given carte blanche 
privilege, as attorney for the owner of adjoining lands on 
Pinner Island, to fill certain submerged land in Lake 
Worth which the War Department will allow filled and 
when so filled to agree to sell the said land to him at 
$100.00 per acre. 

Upon motion of Attorney General Davis, seconded and 
adopted, Dr. Herman was requested to make his propo- 
sition in writing, which would be gone into by a committee 
and then presented to the full Board for action. 



Dr. P. Peter Herman of West Palm Beach made an of- 
fer of $15,000.00 for the Sy 2 of Section 10, and all of Sec- 
tion 22 in Township 44 South, Range 43 East, a portion of 
which land was reeonveyed to the State by Francis S. 
Whitten as the War Department refused permission to fill 
or bulkhead the land. 

After discussion, Attorney General Davis moved that 
Dr. Herman submit his proposition in writing to the 
Trustees for examination by a committee and considera- 
tion by the full Board. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Biscayne Trust Company made application to pur- 
chase certain drainage tax certificates held by the Trustees. 
The Secretary reported that the certificates including in- 



379 

terest, penalties and all costs amount to approximately 
$2,145.56, subject to final check. 

Mr. Amos moved that the offer be accepted. Seconded by 
Mr, Davis and upon vote adopted. 



The Secretary presented letter from Knight, Thompson 
& Turner of Tampa, attorneys for American Cyanamid 
Company of Brewster, Florida, requesting that pursuant to 
agreement between the Trustees and the said company May 
24th, 1929, the Trustees in executing quit-claim deed to the 
land, include therein all reservations which are usually 
withheld by the Trustees, form of deed desired being sub- 
mitted with request. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees re- 
ferred the matter to Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, for report as 
to whether deed is in proper form and ready for execution 
by the Trustees. 



The Secretary presented draft of Resolution from F. C. 
B. LeGro of Miami, pursuant to Minutes of the Trustees of 
May 27th. 

The Attorney General and Counsel for the Trustees hav- 
ing reported that the Resolution was in conformity with 
action of the board on the above date, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, this Board is the owner and holder of a 
mortgage given by Gamble and Gamble, Inc., covering land 
in North Biseayne Bay, Dade County, Florida, which mort- 
gage is dated April 27, 1926, and is recorded among the 
public records of said county in Mortgage Book 718 at 
page 478, and which mortgage is badly in default by reason 
of the non-payment of principal and interest, and 

WHEREAS, The land embraced in the said mortgage 
has been encumbered by reason of the existence of out- 
standing agreements for deed covering portions of the said 
real estate and given by North Venetian Islands Company, 
the present record title holder, and also by reason of the 
existence of judgments against the said company because 
of its failure to perform the said agreements for deed, and 

WHEREAS, Mr. F. C. B. LeGro of Miami, Florida, ap- 
peared before this board at its regular meeting on Tuesday, 
May 27th, 1930, and stated that he had, since the failure 



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of the North Venetian Islands Company in 1926, been 
actively engaged in interviewing the contract holders and 
creditors of the said company in an effort to care for them, 
and that in order to accomplish anything worthwhile for 
the said contract holders and creditors, it is necessary that 
the title to the said land be cleared of all oustanding claims 
and re-vested in the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund, and Mr. LeGro formally made to the board the propo- 
sition to purchase the land now embraced in said mortgage 
at a price of One Hundred Dollars ($100) per acre, payable 
on or before five ( 5 ) years, evidenced by a promissory note 
bearing interest at the rate of six per cent (6%) per an- 
num, payable annually, and secured by a first mortgage 
nn the real estate, which, proposition was conditioned upon 
the reacquisition of the title by the Trustees through fore- 
closure proceedings or otherwise, and to handle said re- 
acquisition with all reasonable dispatch and without ex- 
pense to the Trustees or to the State of Florida. 

NOW, THEREFORE, upon consideration, and upon mo- 
tion duly made by Mr. Davis and seconded by Mr. Amos, 
the foljowinjr resolution was unanimously adopted : 

BE IT RESOLVED : 

1. That F. C. B. LeGro is hereby authorized to take what- 
ever steps may be necessary on behalf of the Trustees to 
secure unto them with all reasonable dispatch, title to the 
land now embraced in the said mortgage given by Gamble 
and Gamble, Inc., which mortgage is dated April 27, 1926, 
and is recorded among the public records of Dade County, 
Florida, in Mortgage Book 718 at page 478, free and clear 
of all encumbrances, it being understood that all expense of 
the proceedings, either legal or otherwise, necessary to 
accomplish this purpose are to be borne by F. C. B. LeGro, 
the Trustees to be in no way liable for any expense attached 
thereto. 

2. That the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
of the State of Florida, immediately upon acquiring title 
to the said laud, will cause said land to be advertised and 
will sell the same to F. C. B. LeGro, or a company to be 
designated by him, at a price of one hundred dollars 
($100) per acre, and accept in payment therefor a note or 
notes evidencing the purchase price and payable on or be- 
fore five (5) years from the date of such sale, together 
with interest thereon at the rate of six per cent (6%) per 
imnum, payable annually, this indebtedness to be secured 



381 

by a first mortgage covering the said land and in a form 
acceptable to the Trustees. 

3. That the conveyance of said land shall include all oil 
and mineral rights and rights to dredge surrounding and 
adjacent bay bottom for the purpose of obtaining such 
material as may be necessary or proper or needful for fill- 
ing the said land purchased, said dredging operations to 
be subject to the control and regulation of the Trustees. 



Report was presented from Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land 
Agent, on investigation of land in Indian River near Vero 
Beach, applied for by W. E. Sexton and C. D. S. Clarkson, 
with an offer of $25.00 per acre. 

Upon consideration of the report the Trustees agreed to 
sell the land to Messrs. Sexton and Clarkson at a price of 
$25.00 per acre, and directed that the same be advertised 
for objections as required by law. 



The Secretary presented letter from Lt. Col. L. V. Pra- 
zier, U. S. Engineer Office, Jacksonville, requesting that 
the Trustees not sell lands adjacent to the improved chan- 
nel of the St. Johns River, without first advising the War 
Department of the location of the lands in order that they 
may have opportunity to indicate whether or not such sale 
will interfere with dredging operations. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 
rected that Lt. Col. Prazier be notified of application for 
purchase of any land in the St. Johns River before dispo- 
sition is made of same. 



The Land Department presented application from the 
City of Jacksonville for the purchase of land in the St. 
Johns River at Lawrence Point or Memorial Park, offer- 
ing $50,00 per acre for same. 

The Trustees directed that the United States Engineer 
be notified of the application before action is taken. 

The Land Department presented application from Chas, 
S. Douglas for the El/ 2 of Tract 18, Section 20, Township 
50 South, Range 41 East — 10.37 acres in Newman's sur- 
vey, with fin offer of $50.00 per acre; Mr, Douglas being 
the owner of the WhU of the above tract. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
accepted the offer of Mr, Douglas and directed that deed 
be issued. 



The Land Department reported that $1,875 in cashier's 
checks, representing deposits made by the following set- 
tlers in North Eagle Bay section, could not he collected, 
the bank having closed before checks were collected : 

R. E. Hamrick $ 300.00 

W. A. Lawson 75.00 

C. A. Leitner 300.00 

T. D. Hux * 1,125.00 

W. E, Raulerson 75.00 



$1,875.00 



Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 
rected that deposits be refunded to the above parties. 



The Trustees having on May 27, 1930, been advised that 
individual tax certificate in the amount of $158.88 was 
outstanding against lands which W. G. Blanchard had 
agreed to purchase but had failed to execute mortgage, 
and the Trustees having decided to retain as forfeit 
$1,000.00 deposit, the Land Department presented letter 
from Mr. Blanchard requesting that the Trustees allow 
him to be heard in the premises. The Trustees agreed to 
hear Mr. Blanchard at the first meeting in July and di- 
rected the Land Office to so advise him. 



The Land Department presented letter from Stephen 
Seymoore of Crystal River asking to be advised if the 
Trustees will entertain application for permit to remove 
cedar stumps along the coast in Citrus County. The Trus- 
tees directed the Land Department to request Mr. Sey- 
more to make his best offer for the purchase of the cedar 
stumps. 



The Land Department presented statement of $165.07, 
representing delinquent taxes on Tract 17, Section 30, 
Township 50 South, Range 41 East, purchased by W. G. 
Austin, August 14, 1925, and advised that the Department 
had been unable to get in touch with Mr. Austin by letter. 

The Trustees directed that the taxes be paid and that the 
mortgage be foreclosed and title to the land returned to 
the State. 



The Land Department submitted application from the 



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Government for permission to deposit spoil material on 
State land in Townships 40 and 41 South, Range 42 East, 
Palm Beach County for the purpose of improving the 
intracoastal waterway. 

The Trustees ordered that the matter be referred to Mr. 
Richardson, Land Agent, for investigation and report. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Everglades Drainage District, Tallahassee, Fla.$ 3,345.09 

Railway Express Agency, Tallahassee, Fla. . . . 5.86 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 18.20 

The Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Talla- 
hassee, Fla 6.35 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . 1.71 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 16.28 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 175.83 

The H. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla. . . 2.63 

The Florida Times- Union, Jacksonville, Fla. . . 21.75 

The Everglades News, Canal Point, Fla 15.00 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C, West Palm Beach, 

Fla 3,484.25 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla. ..... 1.56 

Central Farmers Trust Company, West Palm 
Beach, Fla., purchase of note of Drainage 
Board 101,166.67 



$108,261.18 



Financial statement for the month of May was pre- 
sented and ordered placed of record: 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR MAY, 1930 

Balance in Fund May 1, 1930...$ 55,604.93 
Receipts on account oil and gas 

leases 2,874.61 

Sale of sand, shell and gravel 744.93 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 

Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 

Acts of 1925 14,277.21 

Refund of taxes on Trustees' 

lands : Dade Co $ .51 

Hendry Co 27.13 

27.64 



384 

From land sales ($2,025.47) less 
25% to State School Fund 
(506.36) ..,..$ 1,519.11 

■ 

$ 75,048.43 
Less Disbursements 50,886.87 

Balance on hand June 1, 1930... $ 24,161.56 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balance in Banks 23,161.56 

$ 24,161.56 

BALANCES IN BANKS JUNE 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla .$ 845.48 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 1,360.80 

Florida National Bank. Jackson- 
ville, Fla 7,399.26 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 3,498.70 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,940.15 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 5,122.00 

The Exchange Bauk, Tallahassee, 

Fla 478.24 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 1,516.93 

Capital City Bank, Special Ac- 
count 1,000.00 

$ 23,161.56 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1930 NH In Favor of: Amount 

May 7, 8128 M. C. Mcintosh $ 55.20 

10,8129 Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C 34,028.77 

8130 Bob Simpson, T. C 4,002.61 

8131 J. A. Warren, T. C 4,232.43 



Date Check 

1930 Nfc 

May 8132 

8133 

17, 8134 

8135 

8136 

20, 8137 

S13H 

8139 

8140 
sill 
8142 
8143 
HI 44 
8145 
8146 
8147 
8148 
8149 
8150 
8151 
8152 
31, 8153 
8154 
Hlf.'v 
81 5K 
8157 
8158 
8159 
8160 
8161 
8162 
8163 
8164 
8165 
8166 
8167 
8168 
8169 



In favor of : Amount 

Everglades Drainage District. $ 614. - 2'J 

J. P. Moore, T. C 2,855.12 

Rov A. OTJannon, T. C 941.64 

Ralph B. Johnson, T. C 1,339.83 

J. A. Warren, T. C 2.45 

Western Union Telegraph Co. 4.40 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 1.39 

Southern Telephone & Constr. 

Co 4.25 

T. J. Appleyard, Ine 15.45 

Railway Express Co 2.18 

Tallahassee Office Supply Co. 1.50 

F. C. Elliot 32.40 

Dale B. Brown, C. C. C 1.00 

The Tax Holding Corporation 51.50 

J. P. Moore, T. C 10.70 

J. L. Tavlor, T. C 18.14 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C ti«U:i 

A. R. Richardson 114.83 

Miami Oil Land Co 5.09 

Miami Florida Oil Co 1-02 

Coast to Coast Investment Co. .68 

F. C. Elliot 325.00 

A. R. Richardson 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

F. E. Bavless 233.34 

C. B. Gwvnn 300.00 

EL W. Ervin 233.34 

A. C. Bridges 80.00 

Jentye Dedge 75.00 

11. L. Shearer . 50.00 

Hattie Bell 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

F. P. Jackson 175.00 

D. B. Pinkston 175.00 

DeLand Sun-News 14.23 

Palm Beach Times 6.50 

S. V. M. Ray 80.80 

Robert Wynn 40.00 

* 50,886.87 



1J— I. 1. F. 



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The following statement of accounts between the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund and the State 
School Fund was submitted by the Secretary and ordered 
placed of record: 

CORRECTED FIGURES FOR SETTLEMENT BE- 
TWEEN TRUSTEES INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT 
FUND AND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION 

Total Land 25% Due Amount 
Sales School Fund Paid 
Feb. 5 to Aug. 31 

1908 $ 33,299.75$ 8,324.94$ 8,324.94 

Aug. 31 to Dec. 31. 

1908 88,494.62 22.123.65 22,123.40 

AU of 1909 177,212.02 44,303.01 9,680.42 

All of 1910 169,861.00 42,465.25 77,087.38 

All of 1911 145,289.64 36,322.41 28,000.00 

All of 1912 93,304.27 23,326.07 5,000.00 

All of 1913 65,581.97 16,395.49 

AU of 1914 119,167.60 29,791.90 

All of 1915 96,716.54 24,179.13 

Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 

1916 16,160.85 4,040.21 



$1,005,088.26 $251,272.06 $150,216.14 

Balance due Aug. 31, 1916 $101,055.92 

Less 25% reimbursed to counties under Ch. 
6972, Acts 1915 3,746.15 



$ 97,309.77 



Sales Sept. 1, 1916, to Jan 1, 

1921 $1,008,703.16 $252,175.79 

Plus Balance due August 31, 

1916 97,309.77 



Total due Jan. 1, 1921 $349,485.56 

Paid as follows 

Jan. 17, 1920 $ 100.000.00 

June 22, 1920 100,000.00 

Dec. 28, 1920 50,000.00 

Jan. 18, 1921 120,000.00 



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Aog. 26, 1921 10,000.00 

Nov. 28, 1921 11,485.56 



Total Paid $ 391,485.56 

Overpayment 42,000.00 



$ 349,485.56 $349,485.56 

Since January, 1921, the 25% payments have been made 
monthly direct to the School Fund as the sales were made. 

FIGURES USED AS BASIS FOR SETTLEMENT 

Amount paid as shown in Audit embraced in Minutes 
of Trustees December 29, 1916, Vol. 11, page 385: 

Paid to 
Year School Fund 
1908 * 8,324.94 

1908 22,123.40 

1909 9,680.42 

1910 52,087.38 

1911 ; 11,000.00 

1912 5,000.00 



Total $108,216.14 

Total amount due School Fund Aug. 31, 191 6. $251 ,272.06 
Less payments above 108,216.14 



$143,055.92 
Less 25% to Counties 3,746.15 



Balance $139,309.77 

The above figures were used as basia for settlement. 
However the total sum paid of $108,216.14 is incorrect as 
it does not include four payments amounting to $42,000.00, 
the vouchers not appearing in the original minutes, al- 
though they appear in the Financial Statements of the 
Trustees, also in Receipts to the State School Fund as 
evidenced by State Treasurer's Receipts, which are as 
follows ; 






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Voucher Treasurer's 

Date No. Receipt No. Amount 

Oct. 19. 1910 244.') 4233 $ 15,000.00 

Oct. 29, 1910 2447 4345 10,000.00 

-Tan. 17, 1911 2511 392 9,000.00 

Aug. 14, 1911 2636 3789 8,000.00 

Total . . .$ 42,000.00 

The detailed statement of payments disclosed by the 
Trustees' records and confirmed by State Treasurer's re- 
ceipts is as follows: 

PAYMENTS TO SCIIOOL FUND 



Date 



Voucher 
No. 



Treasurer's 
Receipt No. 



Nov. 17, 1908 1804 

Jan. 23, 1909 1863 

Feb. 8, 1909 1882 

Mar. 3, 1909 1914 

Aug. 30, 1910. ....... 2398 

Sept. 19, 1910 2419 

Oct. 19, 1910 2445 

Oct. 29, 1910 2447 

Nov. 29, 1910 2471 

Dec. 2, 1910 2484 

Dec. 23, 1910 2495 

Jan. 17, 1911 2511 

Julv 12. 1911 2623 

Aug. 14, 1911 2636 

Oct. 3, 1911 2653 

Feb. 13, 1912 2721 



4233 
4345 



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*78!> 



Amount 

8,324.94 

22,123.40 

3,225.17 

6,455.25 

5,000.00 

10,000.00 

15,000.00 

10,000.00 

2,000.00 

15,000.00 

20,087.38 

9,000.00 

6,000.00 

8,000.00 

5,000,00 

5,000.00 



Total 1908 to 1916, inclusive $150,216.14 

A resolution adopted December 29, 1916, by the Trus- 
tees admitting indebtedness to School Board as above. 
However, disbursement record shows 150,216,14 paid in- 
stead of $108,216.14, difference of $42,000.00. 

Refunds made on land sales, 2o% of which had been 
previously paid to State School Fund and which amount 
the Trustees should withhold from future sales: 



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Vol. 16, Page 239— Kretex Realty Co., 11/10/25 $ 14,400.00 

Vol. 16, Page 352— J. A. Colee, 3/2/26 3,937.50 

Vol. 16, Page 353— P. M. Valz, 3/20/26 22,080.00 

Vol. 16, Page 382— P. P. Pulver, 3/31/26. .... 743.75 

Vol. 16, Page 482— D. Z. Filer, 7/13/26 2,988.00 

Vol. 16, Page 482— P. P. Pulver, 9/15/26 .... 24,344.00 

Vol. 16, Page 593— W. H. Nobles, 12/22/26... 8,125.00 

Vol. 16, Page 596— L. S. Harvard, 12/22/26... 16,000.00 

Vol. 16, Page 597— Kretex Realty Co., 12/29/26 3,405.18 

Vol. 17, Page 176— New Realty Co., 1/21/28 . . . 34,888.00 

Vol. 17, Page 193— J. B. Evans, 2/14/28 .• 192.37 

Vol. 17, Page 389— J. L. Kilgore, 12/5/28 5,889.78 

Total .$136,993.58 

25% of the above amount to be withheld $ 34,248.39 

To which should be added amounts previously 
overpaid 42,000.00 

Total overpayment $ 76,248.39 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor-Chairman . 
ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
June 16, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The Trustees having on May 20th, 1930, agreed to grant 
oil lease to Mr. R. G. Johnson of "West Palm Beach on 
lands in Township 53 South, Range 37 East, and allow 
him to use the Twenty Thousand Dollar ($20,000.00) pay- 
ment made on the purchase of land in payment for the 
lease, on condition that Mr. Johnson foreclose all mortgages 
and put title to the lands back in the State without any 
expense whatever to the Trustees (land to be deeded sub- 



390 

ject to taxes), Mr. Johnson appeared before the Board 
and requested that oil lease be executed to him at once as 
it would take several months to get the foreclosure suits 
closed out and land deeded to the Trustees. Mr, Johnson 
also requested that the Trustees allow two years within 
which to drill the first well. 

Mr, Davis moved that the Trustees execute oil lease to 
Mr. Johnson on above described land, allowing two years 
within which to drill the first well, on condition that Mr. 
Mr. John sup enter into contract with the Trustees to fore- 
close the mortgage and put the land back in the State 
without any expense to the Trustees. Seconded by Mr. 
Knott and upon vote adopted. Mr. Johnson accepted the 
action of the Trustees and was requested to take the matter 
up with Counsel as to preparation of contract. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
June 17, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General, 

Mr, Charles G. llannock and Mr. Sullivan, representing 
Tat urn Ocean Park Company, appeared before the Trus- 
tees and objected to the issuance of permit to Thos. H. 
Horobin, passed on June 10th, for dredging fill material 
from a certain territory in Biseayne Bay, on the ground 
that it was the only material available to fill their prop- 
erty, and as it was the policy of the Board to reserve suffici- 
ent material adjacent to proposed development, they did hot 
think it would be fair to deprive them of the only material 
in the vicinity of their lands and grant it to another 
party whose land lies at some distance from the said mate- 
rial. 






391 

Mr. Thomas H. Horobin was present and stated that per- 
mit was granted him April 1st, 1930, but owing to error had 
to be corrected and was only issued June 10th ; that this ma- 
terial was selected as it was the nearest available to his land, 
all material adjacent to his property having been taken 
by other parties; that all he wanted was sufficient to fill 
his land and if other material near his land could be located 
it would be satisfactory to him, but he did not think he 
should be deprived of territory under his permit and not 
alloted other in its place. 

After discussion, Mr. Davis moved that the matter be 
referred to Mr. Elliot and Mr. Richardson and that Mr. 
Richardson make an investigation to ascertain if sufficient 
material could be located for both parties. Seconded by 
Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Horobin requested that the Trustees do not issue 
permit to other parties to take the fill material from the 
territory covered by his permit until and unless other 
territory is assigned to him from which he can obtain 
material sufficient for his needs. It was agreed that no 
permit would be given until amicable adjustment could 
be made for both parties. 

Mr. Horobin asked if a date could be set when Mr. 
Richardson would be in Miami, if so interested parties 
could meet him and territory might be agreed upon at 
that time, if satisfactory with the Trustees to handle the 
matter in this manner. 

The Trustees agreed that if satisfactory with Mr. Elliot 
and Mr. Riehardson, that June 20th would be set as the 
date for Mr. Richardson to be in Miami and if locations 
could be agreed upon, it would be agreeable to the Trustees. 



The Trustees having notified interested parties that 
hearing would be held on land advertised for sale April 
22nd, 1930, and sale deferred on account of objections 
filed, the Secretary presented telegrams and letters from 
John G. McKay, Attorney for Indian Creek Golf Club, 
on the ground that it would" injure their property from 
the standpoint of obstructing the view, and in other ways ; 
P. C. R. LeGro, on the ground that the area to be sold 
was included in the agreement between the Trustees and 
his Company from which to obtain fill material ; and 
Tatum Ocean Park Company, on the ground that it will 
obstruct the view from their development, and also since 



392 






the Island is not to be developed in the near future it 
would be unwise to tie up bay bottom property in that 
manner. 

Mr. Horobin, applicant for the land, advised that the 
Island in question was at least 2 miles from the Tatum 
property, over one-fourth mile from Indian Creek Golf 
Club property, and that the island itself would not contain 
160 acres, but owinp to scarcity of fill material he had 
made applieation for sufficient area from which to secure 
the required material. 

After discussion and owing to the fact that some of the 
objectors could not be present on account of conditions 
growing out of the closing of Bank of Bay Biscayne, the 
Trustees further deferred action on the matter and request- 
ed Mr. Richardson to make investigation on his next trip 
to that section. 



In the course of discussion as to whether or not material 
for fill existed is Biscayne Bay which would be available to 
adjacent property owners, it was stated by Mr. Hannock 
that the NV-» of what is called Normandy Isles had not been 
improved; that it still existed as a mangrove marsh and 
swamp and as far as he knew the State still held title to it. 

Upon consulting records of the Trustees it was shown 
that on May 6th. 1930. Mr. Carl P. Weidling and Mr. 
Lathero requested the Trustees to make quit-claim deed to 
Normandy Beach Properties Corporation, representing that 
both islands had been bulkheaded and filled; that improve- 
ments had been made on the same; that the Company be- 
lieved they were the owners of the islands by reason of 
bulkheading and improving them under Act of the Legis- 
lature of 1921 providing therefor; that the Company had 
interested parties in building a hotel and solarium with 
other improvements, but that the interested parties desired 
to remove any question as to title by securing from the 
Trustees quit-claim deed to the land. 

Under that representation the Trustees quit-claimed to 
the said Normandy Beach Properties Corporation the 
State's right, title and interest in both of said islands. 

It appears that if the information now before the board 
is correct, the North Island has not been bulkheaded or 
improved in any way but exists in its original condition; 
that they made a conveyance thereto under a misapprehen- 
sion on their part and a misrepresentation by the parties 
seeking its conveyance. 



393 

Whereupon, the Trustees instructed Mr. A. R. Richard- 
son, Land Agent, to make investigation of hoth islands and 
report to them the condition <Jf the same with reference to 
improvements and no improvements thereon. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
ordered that if it was found that the islands were not im- 
proved or bulkheaded as represented that steps be taken 
to have the deed from the Trustees set aside and to recover 
the said property. 

The Secretary presented letter from Mr. W. E. Sexton 
of Vero Beach asking to be advised of progress of sale of 
land in Indian River, applied for by himself and Mr. Clark- 
son. Mr. Elliot stated that Mr. Sexton had advised him 
that he could purchase credits other parties had with the 
Trustees and if this would be agreeable to the Trustees he 
would be glad to apply said credits on the purchase of the 
Indian River land. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Elliot to advise Mr. Sexton 
that they did not care to accept the credits mentioned in 
payment of land and also advise of date of sale. 



The Secretary presented two leases from the Trustees to 
Dickens and Shirey, together with bonds and approval of 
assignments of said leases, for execution by the Trustees. It 
was also requested that eash bond filed some time ago he 
released and surety bond filed with the Secretary be ac- 
cepted in lieu thereof. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees exe- 
cuted the leases and assignments and directed that cash 
bond in the sum of $1,000.00 be returned to Messrs. Dickens 
and Shirey and surety bonds accepted. 



The Secretary presented telegram from Mr. M. D. Car- 
michael stating that Dr. F. Peter Herman requested that 
no further action be taken on matter presented by him to 
the Trustees June 10th. 

The Trustees agreed to take no further action in the 
premises and directed that Dr. Herman be so advised. 



The Secretary reported that pursuant to Minutes of June 
6th, 1930, cheek in the sum of $101,166.67 had been for- 
warded to Central Farmers Trust Company of West Palm 
Beach, to purchase note of the Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District in the sum of $100,000.00 



394 



principal and unpaid interest $1,166.67 and that said note 
of the Board had been received. 

Note from the Drainage Board having been executed by 
the Governor and Secretary, the Trustees directed that note 
received from Central Farmers Trust Company be eon- 
celled and filed, and that note from the Board of Commis- 
sioners of Everglades Drainage District to the Trustees of 
the Internal Improvement Fund in the sum of $101,166.67 
be deposited with the State Treasurer. 

The Trustees recessed to meet at, 3 :30 o 'clock P. M. 



The Trustees met after recess with the same members 
present. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami made an offer of $5,000.00 
for an island about one-half mile south of Bird Key in 
Township 53 South, Range 42 East, Biscayne Bay. 

The Trustees advised Mr. Horobin that they would have 
Mr. Richardson investigate the land and report, at which 
time action would be taken. s 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. John 
M. Sutton requesting payment of a portion of the amount 
due him by the Trustees on land selections as a serious 
illness made it necessary for him to secure some funds. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 
rected that check for $500.00 be forwarded to Mr. Sutton. 



Mr. Elliot presented matter of application for oil lease 
from B. J, Brown, representing Bayshore Oil Company, 
and advised that Mr. Brown requested that areas desig- 
nated 1 and 2 be combined in one lease ; that areas 3 and 
4 make up a second lease, with one well to be drilled under 
each lease, for which two leases the company will pay 
$500.00 annually, and that the acreage in Collier and Hen- 
dry Counties be included in a third lease at the acreage 
rate of five cents per acre taxes. Mr. Brown also desires 
permission to drill the first well, -which is to be started 
within ninety (90) days, on land adjacent to territory cov- 
ered by first mentioned two leases at a distance of not 
more than one mile, hut to be considered as the first well 
to be drilled under the lease terms. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to the above requests on condition that the lease state that 



395 

the well to be drilled on adjacent land is to be considered 
as the well from which the Trustees will receive the one- 
eighth royalty. 



Mr. A, R. Richardson reported that HiUsboro Sand 
and Gravel Company and Asa E. Maige had defaulted on 
their leases and that the Capital City Sand and Gravel 
Company's lease had expired and they were still dredging 
sand but had faded to make application for new lease. Mr. 
Richardson recommended that the bonds of HiUsboro Sand 
and Gravel Company and Asa E. Maige be called upon to 
settle amounts due, and that Capital City Sand and Gravel 
Company be required to make payment for shell taken 
since expiration of lease, and also apply for new lease or 
discontinue dredging in the territory. 

The Trustees directed that the matters be referred to 
Counsel for the Trustees to take such steps as necessary to 
collect amounts due and protect the Trustees' interests. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented applica- 
tion from Kinzie Brothers Steamship Company for re- 
newal of their lease. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, it was ordered that 
the lease be renewed and expiration date run with that of 
Standard Dredging Company and Atlantic Shell Company 
of Jacksonville. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson advised the Trustees that Dr. 
Gunter, State Geologist, had a request from a party in 
Tampa for an investigation of lands in Townships 1 and 2 
North, Range 28 West, applied for May 6th by Messrs. 
Trueman and Kennedy of Milton, in order to ascertain the 
character of the soil, the said party having become inter- 
ested in the land through Messrs. Trueman and Kennedy. 

Attorney General Davis stated that he would be willing 
for the prospective purchaser to make the investigation and 
upon sale of the land to deduct the cost of sueh investiga- 
tion from the purchase price. This being agreeable to all 
members of the board, it was ordered that Mr. Richardson 
take the matter up with Dr. Gunter and ascertain if the 
arrangement will be satisfactory. 



The Trustees having agreed to advertise for objections 
certain lands in Indian River County, applied for by 



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Messrs. Sexton and Clarkson, the following Notice but 

with more detailed land description was ordered placed 

in the Vero Beach Press-Journal : 

i 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee. Florida, June 17, 1930. 

Notice is hereby priori that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at Ten o'clock A. M., Tuesday, July 29th, A. D. 
1930, at Tallahassee to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged land in INDIAN RIVER County, 
Florida : 

TOWNSHIP 32 South, Range 39 East: 

In Section 2: Tract 1, 0.19 acres, more or 
less; Tract 2. 0.30 acres; more or less; Tract 3, 
0.86 acres, more or less; 

In Section 11: Tract 4, 29.02 acres, more or 
less; 

In Sections 1 and 12: Tract 5, 76.58 acres, 
more or less ; 

In Section 12: Tract 6, 1.95 acres, more or 
leas; 

less; 

Tract 8, 4.44 acres, more or 
less; 

Tract 9, 48.41 acres, more 
or less; 

Tract 11, 2.25 acres, more or 
less; 

In Section 13; Tract 10. 9.66 acres, more or 



Tract 7, 1.95 acres, more or 



In Section 24: Tract 12, 5.18 acres, more or 

Tract 13, 9.76 acres, more or 
less 

In Section 29: Tract 15, 11.82 acres, more or 
less; 

TOWNSHIP 32 SOl'TH. RANGE 39 EAST: 
In Section 25, and 

TOWNSHIP 32 SOUTH. RANGE 40 EAST: 
In Section 30: Tract 17. 208.08 acres, more or 

lev; ; 



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TOWNSHIP 32 SOUTH. RANGE 40 EAST : 
In Section 19: Tract 14, 3.82 acres, more or 
less; 

Tract 16, 2.07 aeres, more or 
less; 

In Section 30: Tract 18, 13.44 acres, more or 
less; 

Tract 19, 0.45 acres, more 
or less; 

Tract 20. 0.63 acres, more 
or less; 

Tract 21, 28.65 acres, more 
or less ; ^ 

In Section 31: Tract 22, 26.00 acres, more or 
less; 

Tract 23, 5.43 acres , more 
or less; 

Tracts 1 to 23, inclusive, containing 491.66 
acres, more or less, and lying and being in Indian 
River County, Florida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 
1062 of the Revised General Statutes of Florida that any 
person or persons who may have objections to said sale 
may have an opportunity to present same on date of sale 
as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Frank A. Bryan, C. C. C. Fort Lauderdale. Fla.$ 165.07 

C. A. Leitner. Okeechobee, Fla 300.00 

The Hunter Press 59.97 

Fred E. Fenno. C. C. C, West Palm Beach 1.80 

A. R. Richardson. Land Agent. Tallahassee, Fla. 186.22 



$ 713.06 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
ATTEST: Comptroller- Acting Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida. 
June 24, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred II. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of May 27th, June 6th. 10th 
and 17th, presented and approved. 

Mr. Pentland of the Auditing firm of Hall, Pentland 
and Keller appeared before the Trustees and brought up 
the matter of making an audit for the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund and stated that it would re- 
quire considerable time to complete the same. 

After discussion of the matter the Trustees decided 
that they would not authorize Mr. Pentland to make the 
audit at this time but that in anticipation of having an 
audit made at some future date, either by Mr. Pentland 's 
firm or some other company, they instructed the Secretary 
to begin the assembling of data and to locate all available 
information in order that the same might be at hand if 
and when the Trustees decided to have a complete audit 
of their accounts. 



Mr. Robert Pentland also brought up the matter of 
putting in a system of bookkeeping for the Trustees simi- 
lar to the set-up installed for the Drainage Board. 

After discussion, Mr. Davis moved that Hall, Pentland 
and Keller be employed to put in the system of bookkeeping 
for the Trustees at a cost not to exceed $1,000.00. Seconded 
by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Elliot presented drafts of resolutions and notes an- 
ticipating the securing of $300,000.00 to be loaned to the 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District 
to take up bond maturities and interest coming dne July 
1st, 1930. The forms of notes were approved by the Trus- 
tees and were executed by all members except the Gover- 
nor, in order that the same might be used in securing a 
loan ; the signatures of the Governor and the Secretary 



399 

to be attached later. Whereupon the Trustees adopted the 
f ol low i ng Resolutions : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District at regular session in West Palm Beach 
on June 6, 1930, adopted an official resolution as follows : 

Resolution 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Everglades 
Drainage Board to meet its bonded indebtedness 
on July 1st, and 

WHEREAS, sufficient funds are not on hand 
for that purpose, 

Be IT RESOLVED that a speeial committee 
consisting of Governor Carlton, Chairman; Mr. 
Knott, Sir. Mayo, Mr. Amos and Mr. Davis be ap- 
pointed to make arrangements which in their opin- 
ion are justified, to procure funds to make the 
necessary pavments when thev fall due on July 
1st. 

and 

WHEREAS, the Committee as above of the Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District have re- 
quested the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
to join the said Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District in the signing of a note or notes, or 
that the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund alone 
sign a note or notes as may be necessary to procure funds 
to be paid over to the Board of Commissioners of Ever- 
glades Drainage District for the purpose of paying interest 
and maturing principal of bonds of Everglades Drainage 
District due July 1st, next; and 

WHEREAS, It is the desire of the Trustees to assist 
Everglades Drainage District in procuring funds with 
which to make such bond interest and principal payments, 
provided such assistance from the Trustees or the signing 
of a note or notes by said Trustees be accompanied by 
the giving of satisfactory security from the Drainage Board 
to the Trustees covering any and all obligation which the 
said Trustees may incur in connection with or on behalf 
of Everglades Drainage District ; Now Therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Trustees hereby authorize 
the issuance of its note or notes, or the joining in the 



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signing of a note or notes with the Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District, in a sum or sums aggre- 
gating not in excess of THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND 
DOLLARS ($300,000.00) and that the proceeds of said 
note or notes in either case be turned over to the Board 
of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District to be 
applied exclusively to the payment of interest and matur- 
ing principal on bonds of Everglades Drainage District 
due July 1st, 1930, and that for the aforesaid porpose the 
Trustees hereby authorize the pledging and hypothecating 
of so much of the assets of the said Trustees as may be 
necessary as collateral guaranteeing the repayment of any 
loan or loans made .through said note to the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund, or through any note 
or notes executed jointly by the said Trustees and the said 
Board; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the execution of 
said note or notes hy the said Trustees, or the joint exe- 
cution of the same with the Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District, and the turning over of 
the money procured through such means, be conditioned 
upon the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District executing a note in the aggregate sum so borrowed 
in favor of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund, together with authority for renewals thereof, all 
in form satisfactory to the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund, and the adopting by the said Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District of a proper 
resolution authorizing the execution of said note and ac- 
knowledging its indebtedness to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund as a legal, valid, just and necessary 
obligation of said Board, in which resolution shall be in- 
corporated a copy of the note ; and that the said Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District reimburse 
the Trustees for all proper expenses incurred by the Trus- 
tees in securing, or endeavoring to secure, money for the 
said Board ; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that based upon the 
foregoing as the premises, the Trustees further adopt an 
additional resolution as follows: 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS. Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District of the State of Florida have requested 



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the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the 
State of Florida to join with them in signing a note or 
notes, or that the Trustees themselves execute a note or 
notes, for borrowing not in excess of THREE II FN D REP 
THOUSAND DOLLARS ($300,000.00) which said amount 
is to be turned over to the Board of Commissioners of Ever- 
glades Drainage District for the necessary uses of the said 
Board, and. 

WHEREAS, The Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund are authorized by Section 1416 and 1418, Compiled 
General Laws of Florida, to borrow money and to issue 
their promissory notes therefor, and by Section 1419 Com- 
piled General Laws of Florida, the said Trustees are 
authorized to make loans to the Board of Drainage Commis- 
sioners of this State, to whom the Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District are successors, and 

WHEREAS, The Attorney General of the State of Flor- 
ida has under date of June 24th, 1930, rendered his opinion 
in writing to the said Trustees that the foregoing laws are 
valid and are applicable to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund in reference to borrowing money by 
the said Trustees and the loan of money by the said Trus- 
tees, and that the Trustees may borrow money on note or 
notes signed by them or by joining in a note or notes with 
the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict, and for such purpose may pledge and hypothecate 
the assets of said Trustees, now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida execute a note 
or notes, or join with the Board of Commissioners of Ever- 
glades Drainage District in executing a note or notes for 
securing a loan not to exceed THREE HUNDRED THOU- 
SAND DOLLARS ($300,000.00), and that in either case 
for the purpose aforesaid the said Trustees will pledge and 
hypothecate so much of the assets of the said Trustees as 
may be necessary for the repayment of principal and in- 
terest of said loan in full bv them, which said assets consist 
of: 

Lands owned and held by the said Trustees. 

Proceeds of lands consisting of moneys held by 
the said Trustees and of mortgages securing the 
payment of moneys to the said Trustees. 

Leases on lands or for substances on or under 
such lands. 



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Repayments to the said Trustees of loans made 
by the said Trustees to the State of Florida, which 
said repayments are authorized by Acts of the 
, Legislature of Florida, and 

Other resources and assets. 

The said Trustees hereby authorize the hypothecating 
and pledging of said resources and assets of the said Trus- 
tees toward securing a loan as aforesaid. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Governor of 
Florida as Chairman of said Trustees shall sign said note 
or notes for the said Trustees and that the Secretary of the 
said Trustees shall attest the same and affix thereto the 
seal of the said Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, 
or that said note or notes may be signed by each member of 
said Trustees and attested by the Secretary, and that said 
note or notes when so executed shall represent legal, valid 
and just obligations of the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund of the State of Florida. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date .5 
of an acre of submerged land in Township 17 South, Range 
34 East, Volusia County, applied for by the City of New 
Smyrna, objections were called for. 

No objections being filed or presented, the sale of the 
above described land was consummated to the City of New 
Smyrna at a price of $10.00, the land to be used for public 
purposes only. Deed was ordered executed upon payment 
of $10.00 and cost of advertising. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary " $ 325.00 

A. R. Riehardson, Field Agent 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

R. W. Ervin, General Utility Man , 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentve Dedge, Assistant Secretarv 75.00 

H. L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

F. P. Jackson, Extra Help 175.00 

D. B. Pinkston, Extra Help 175.00 



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E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla $ 1.00 

J. M. Sutton, Washington, D. C 400.00 

W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla 10.00 



$2,753.51 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned, 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary- 



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Jacksonville, Florida, June 28, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District 
met on this date at the Mayflower Hotel, Jacksonville, 
Florida. The meeting was upon the call of the Governor 
in reference to loan of $300,000, arrangements for which 
had been made by Governor Carlton and Mr. F. C. Elliot, 
Chief Drainage Engineer and Secretary. 

Those present were : 

For Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller, Acting Chairman, 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer, 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

For Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District, 
Marcus A. Milam, Vice-Chairman, 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer, 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, 
D. Graham Copeland, 
Ralph A. 1 1 or ton, 
C. K, Simmons. 

Mr. Elliot stated that a meeting of the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund had been held in Jacksonville 
on June 20th, 1930, for the purpose of borrowing from 
Florida banks the sum of $300,000, which said sum when 
borrowed, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
proposed to loan Everglades Drainage District for meeting 
bond obligations of the District falling due July 1st, 1930, 
but that the Trustees were not successful in securing a loan 
from Florida banks, and that when it was disclosed that 



404 

the Trustees would not be successful in Jacksonville, the 
Chief Drainage Engineer and Secretary had communicated 
with Spitzer, Rorick and Company by telephone at Toledo, 
Ohio, and requested Spitzer, Rorick and Company to ar- 
range a meeting between the Trustees and a bank or banks 
in New York City for the purpose of securing a loan, if 
possible, in the amount of $300,000.00 ; that Mr. Rorick had 
advised the Secretary of the Trustees to come to New York 
on the following week, and stated that in his opinion, the 
Trustees would be able to secure a loan from a New York 
bank or banks. 

The above telephone conversation was reported to the 
Governor at the above meeting and it was decided that the 
Governor and the Chief Drainage Engineer and Secretary 
would visit New York during the week beginning June 
22nd. 

Pursuant to above arrangements, Governor Carlton and 
Mr. Elliot proceeded to New York and met Mr. Rorick at 
his office on Thursday morning. Mr. Rorick had made an 
appointment with the Chase National Bank and accom- 
panied the Governor and the Secretary to the bank, where 
a conference was held with Mr, Cooper, President of the 
Chase National Bank; Mr. Ewer, Vice President; and Mr. 
Smith, Attorney. After a full explanation of what the 
Trustees proposed and the presentation of statements show- 
ing the resources of the said Trustees and of the Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District, and an 
outline of the manner in which the Trustees proposed to 
secure a loan and in turn loan such amount to Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District, the gen- 
eral features of such a loan with such arrangements were 
agreed upon and matter of details was left to be worked 
out in the preparation of the papers. 

The general arrangement consisted of a RESOLUTION 
previously adopted by the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund authorizing the borrowing of not in ex- 
cess of $300,000 ; the execution of a note to the above end 
by the said Trustees; the assignment by the Trustees to 
the bank of their interest in $550,000 owed the Trustees of 
the Internal Improvement Fund by the State of Florida; 
the execution of a note by Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District to the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund and the endorsement of such 
note by the said Trustees, which said note together with 



405 

$550,000 above referred to, should constitute collateral 
pledged by the Trustees in said note to said bank ; also a 
RESOLUTION to be adopted simultaneously with the exe- 
cution of the note from the Drainage Board to the Trus- 
tees, all of which were to be forwarded with the exception 
of the two RESOLUTIONS referred to, to the Chase Na- 
tional Bank with a letter of instruction to apply the pro- 
ceeds of the said loan to the payment of Everglades Drain- 
age District bond interest and maturing principal falling 
due July 1st. 

The note from the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District to the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund serves two purposes: 

1. To secure re-payment by the Drainage Board to the 
Trustees for the full amount of the loan made by 
the said Trustees to the said Board. 

2. To be attached to and applied as collateral in the 
note from the Trustees to the bank. 

In this manner the note from the Drainage Board to 
the Trustees becomes a part of the consideration for loan 
from the bank to the Trustees. 

Upon explanation as a hove the following was read by 
the Secretary : 

Letter from the Committee consisting of the Governor, 
Comptroller. Attorney General, State Treasurer and Com- 
missioner of Agriculture. 

Two RESOLUTIONS previously adopted by the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund. 

Proposed RESOLUTION to be adopted by Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District. 

Proposed note to be executed by Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District to the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund. 

The above papers were carefully examined by the Trus- 
tees and by the Drainage Board. Motion was made by 
Mr. Mayo, for the Trustees that the Trustees execute the 
note to the bank, the assignment to the bank, and the en- 
dorsement of the note from Everglades Drainage District 
to the Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Knott and unanimously 
adopted. Whereupon the foregoing papers were executed 
by Mr. Amos. Mr. Knott and Mr. Mayo. 

Upon motion of Mr. Copeiand on .behalf of Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District, seconded 
by Mr. Mayo and unanimously adopted, the said Board 






406 



adopted the following Resolution, which contains copy 
of note from Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drain- 
age District to Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund: 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, Everglades Drainage District is without 
sufficient funds to pay interest on its outstanding bonds 
due July 1st, 1930, in the amount of $272,202.50 and prin- 
cipal of said bonds maturing on above date in the amount 
of $125,000.00 and it being essential in the judgment of 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District 
to secure money with which to pay the foregoing obliga- 
tions of the said District; and 

WHEREAS, at a meeting of the Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District held at West Palm Beach 
on June 6th, 1930, the said Board did appoint a Committee 
consisting of the Governor, Comptroller, State Treasurer, 
Attorney General, and Commissioner of Agriculture, and 
vested the said Committee with complete authority to 
make such arrangements as they deem advisable and neces- 
sary for procuring money for the purpose above described, 
and the Committee has advised that they have made every 
effort to procure money from Florida Banks and through 
banks outside of this State, but that they are unable to 
secure the necessary amount as a loan to Everglades Drain- 
age District, and 

WHEREAS, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund did consent under certain conditions set forth in 
two Resolutions of said Trustees dated June 24, 1930, copies 
of which are hereinafter set forth, to execute a note or notes 
on their own account for securing a loan not to exceed 
$300,000,00, the proceeds of which are for Everglades 
Drainage District to be applied exclusively to the payment 
of principal and interest of Everglades Drainage District 
bonds on July 1st next, and in the execution of the said 
note it was necessary that the Trustees of thq Internal 
Improvement Fund pledge certain assets and resources 
of the said Trustees and also to hypothecate a certain note 
from Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict to said Trustees or their order, to the repayment of 
money so borrowed for Everglades Drainage District, now 
therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED That the Board of Commissioners 



407 

of Everglades Drainage District confirm the action of the 
Committee as above in arrangements made by them with 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund for pro- 
curing $300,000.00 for Everglades Drainage District and 
that the action of the said Committee in so doing be the 
action of the entire Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District execute 
a note to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
in the form, style and amount set forth in a note as follows : 

NOTE 

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF EVERGLADES 
DRAINAGE DISTRICT 

TO 

TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT 

FUND 

$300,000.00 Tallahassee, Florida, June 28, 1930. 

PURSUANT to authority vested in the Board of Com- 
missioners of Everglades Drainage District under pro- 
visions of Sections 1552 and 1554, Compiled General Laws 
of Florida, and other sections relating to Everglades 
Drainage District, the said Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District acknowledges itself indebted 
to and hereby promises to pay to the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida or order 
on or before six (6) months from date, the sum of THREE 
HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($300,000.00), with 
interest thereon at 6 per cent (6%) per annum until paid. 

To this note and any renewal or renewals hereof the 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District 
hereby pledges the full faith and eredit of Everglades 
Drainage District to pay the same out of 

(a) Proceeds from Everglades Drainage District taxes 
and/or 

(b) Proceeds of Everglades Drainage District tax cer- 
tificates held or which may be held by the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund and/or . 

(c) In consideration of the said sum as the prepayment 



408 

of Everglades Drainage District taxes by Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund upon lands 
owned by them within said District ; to issue tax re- 
ceipt or receipts to the said Trustees on November 
1st, 1930, and thereafter as taxes upon said lands 
may be due and the amount thereof ascertained, till 
the said sum shall have been liquidated, and/or 

(d) As further pledge of the full faith and credit of the 
District there is hereby ordered to be delivered to 
said Trustees all Everglades Drainage District 
Bonds which will be surrended as maturing on July 
1st, 1930, together with all interest coupons due 
upon Everglades Drainage District bonds on said 
date, said bonds and said coupons to be held by the 
Trustees and to be surrendered by them to the said 
Board as and when and in like amount as the said 
Board ma}' repay or may liquidate the principal and 
interest of this note, and the said coupons and said 
bonds so held by the said Trustees shall continue a 
valid obligation of the said Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District and of the said 
Everglades Drainage District as prior to their ma- 
turity date until surrendered by said Trustees, 
and/or 

(e) In addition to the foregoing the said Board of Com- 
missioners of Everglades Drainage District, in 
acknowledgment of the said sum and the full 
validity of the obligation of the said Board to the 
said Trustees, agrees that if any and /or all of the 
foregoing as enumerated under (a), (b), (c) and (d) 
are for any reason insufficient or inadequate to re- 
pay to the said Trustees the amount represented by 
this note, together with interest thereon, the said 
Board pledges to the said Trustees any and all 
other additional assets which the said Board may 
now have or which they may hereafter have, to the 
full liquidation of the indebtedness of the said 
Board to the said Trustees. 



It is a further condition of this note that in the event 
the same is not paid in full at the due date, the said Board 
and the said Trustees agree that any renewal or renewals 
of all or any part hereof shall be upon the same express 
terms, conditions and pledges as are stipulated herein. 



409 

BOARD OP COMMISSIONERS OP 
EVERGLADES DRAINAGE DISTRICT: 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor and Chairman. 
ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
PR ED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO, 

Commissioner of Agri- 
culture, 
MARCUS A. MILAM, 

Vice-Chairman. 
D. GRAHAM COPELAND. 
RALPH A. HORTON. 
W. H. LAIR. 
C. E. SIMMONS. 



ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



On the Back of the said Note is the following : 
"Endorsed by Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund of the State of Florida. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS, ' 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attoraev General. 
NATHAN MAYO, 
Commissioner of Agriculture. 
As and composing the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the 
State of Florida. " 
and, 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a note as above 
executed by the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District to said Trustees or their order, shall 



410 

represent a legal, valid, just and necessary obligation of 
the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict, to the repayment of which the said Board pledges the 
full faith and credit of Everglades Drainage District, all 
as set forth in said note.' 



The Board authorized the execution of the note from the 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District 
to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund. Where- 
upon, the note from the Board of Commissioners of Ever- 
glades Drainage District to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund was executed by the members of the 
said Board present. 

The Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District then approved of all of the transactions made by 
the Committee of the Drainage Board first above described 
and adopted said action of the Committee as the action of 
the entire Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District. 

Mr. Davis, Attorney General, being absent as member of 
the Trustees and also of the Drainage Board, and Dr. Lair 
being absent as member of the Drainage Board, and the 
bank having requested that all signatures appear upon 
papers to be executed, it was decided to have Mr. Simmons 
personally convey all of the papers to Dr. Lair and to Mr. 
Davis for their respective signatures and to transmit the 
same by air mail to the Chase National Bank at New York 
upon execution of the said papers. Governor Carlton was 
not present at the meeting but had previously signed all 
papers requiring his signature. The notes partially exe- 
cuted by the Trustees, referred to in minutes of the Trus- 
tees June 24th, were not used and were ordered destroyed. 

Since the sum of $300,000.00 provided for through the 
above arrangements is not sufficient to meet the total 
amount of $397,202.50, being bond interest and principal 
due July 1st, the Secretary stated that it would be neces- 
sary for him to make arrangements for an additional 
amount of nearly $100,000.00 at Tallahassee to be for- 
warded to the Chase National Bank to make up the total 
amount required. 

The Secretary also stated that while the arrangement 
made for July 1st next would take eare of the District's 
needs for that time, yet it is essential that other things be 
done, among which is the passage of satisfactory legislation 






411 

at the next session, of the Legislature in order that the Dis- 
trict may be assisted in future arrangements. He stated 
that this feature of the situation was discussed with Mr. 
Roriek and that, in Mr. Rorick's judgment also, it is ab- 
solutely essential to have certain defects corrected in the 
existing law and to have additional legislation favorable 
to the District. 

It was also the sense of the Trustees and of the Drainage 
Board that collection of moneys on account of Everglades 
Drainage District taxes should be vigorously proceeded 
with, including not only the collection of current year's 
taxes, but the enforcement of payments on delinquent taxes 
represented by delinquent tax certificates, and that steps 
should be immediately taken to advertise and sell lands de- 
linquent in Everglades Drainage District taxes. 



Resolutions from the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund referred to in the foregoing resolution of the 
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District 
are set forth in the Minutes of the Trustees under date of 
June 24th. 



The Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District direct that there be inserted in these Minutes nota- 
tion that the said papers as they relate to the Trustees may 
be found in the Trustees ' records as of June 24th and June 
28th, 1930. 



The Trustees instructed the Secretary to embody in the 
Minutes, in so far as they relate to the Trustees, complete 
copies of the note from the Trustees to Chase National Bank 
of New York City, together with copy of assignment to the 
said bank, which said note and assignment are as follows : 

NOTE 

New York. June 28. 1930. 
$300,000. 

On or before six months after date, for value received, 
we the undersigned promise to pay to THE CHASE NA- 
TIONAL BANK OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, or 
order, at its banking office, Pine Street, Corner of Nassau, 
Borough of Manhattan, City of New York, New York, in 
funds current at the New York Clearing House, THREE 
HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS with interest at the 



412 

rate of six per cent, per annum, having deposited with the 
Bank as collateral security for the payment of this note 
and of all sums which the undersigned shall at any time be 
liable to pay hereunder and of all other liabilities of the 
undersigned to the Bank, whether absolute or contingent, 
due or not due, or which may hereafter be contracted or 
existing, whether incurred directly or indirectly, by the 
undersigned to the Bank, including as well promissory 
notes, bills of exchange, and other evidences of indebted- 
ness, made, endorsed, or accepted by the undersigned and 
purchased or owned by the Bank, the following property, 
viz: 

Note of Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District of the State of Florida to the 
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund for 
$300,000: also assignment of $550,000; being bal- 
ance of amount due by State of Florida to the 
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, pay- 
ment of which is provided by Chapter 12428, Laws 
of Florida, Acts of 1927. 

The undersigned hereby agree to deposit with the Bank 
forthwith upon demand such additional collateral security 
as the Bank may from time to time demand ; and also here- 
by give to the Bank a lien for the amount of this note and 
of all liabilities aforesaid, upon all property and securities 
of the undersigned and all right, title, and interest of the 
undersigned in or to any property or securities, which have 
or shall come into the possession or custody of the Bank in 
any way for safekeeping or any purpose whatever, whether 
the Bank shall accept it for the purpose for which it is de- 
livered or not, upon any and all proceeds of said property 
and securities and every part thereof, and also upon every 
ba lance of deposit account which the undersigned may at 
any time have with the Bank ; and all remittances and prop- 
erty shall be deemed to be in the possession and custody of 
the Bank when actually in the possession or custody of, or 
in transit to, it or any agent thereof. 

On the non-performance of any of the obligations of the 
undersigned hereunder or upon any default under any of 
the instruments evidencing any of said liabilities, or if at 
any time the market value of the securities left in the 
l>ossession of the Bank as security for the payment hereof 
shall, in the judgment of the Bank, decline to such extent 



413 

as to make the equity therein insufficient, then the Bank is 
hereby authorized, at any time or times, to sell, in one or 
more sales, assign and deliver the whole or any part of the 
said securities and property {whether or not the same con- 
sists in whole or in part of negotiable instruments or ehoses 
in action or undivided interests in property) or any substi- 
tutes therefor, or any additions thereto or any other prop- 
erty or securities of the undersigned or the right, title or 
interest of the undersigned in or to any property or securi- 
ties, which have or shall come into the possession or custody 
of the Bank in any way for safekeeping or any purpose 
whatever as aforesaid, at any broker's hoard or at public 
or private sale, at the option of the Bank, with or without 
demand for payment or for additional collateral security 
or for other performance and without regard to any such 
demand, if made, and without advertisement or notice of 
intention to sell or of time or place of sale or otherwise, all 
of which are hereby expressly waived; and the Bank may 
be the purchaser of any or all property so sold and hold the 
same thereafter in its own right absolutely free from any 
claim or right of redemption on the part of the undersigned, 
which is hereby expressly waived and released. 

The Bank is hereby authorized, in its discretion, whether 
this note or any of said other liabilities be due or not, in its 
name or in the name of the undersigned or otherwise, to 
demand, sue for, collect and/or receive any money or prop- 
erty at any time due, payable or receivable upon or on 
account of or in exchange for, or make any compromise or 
settlement it deems desirable with reference to, and/or 
otherwise realize upon, with or without suit, any of said 
property and securities, and, in so far as said property and 
securities shall consist of negotiable instruments and/or 
any chose or ehoses in aetion, the said Bank may extend 
the time of payment of any such instrument or chose in 
action as to other parties liable thereon, without thereby 
incurring responsibility to or discharging or otherwise 
affecting any liability of the undersigned; and the under- 
signed hereby waive presentation, protest, and notice of 
non-acceptance and/or of non-payment of any such nego- 
tiable instrument to which the undersigned may be a party. 

The undersigned will pay all expense of every kind of the 
enforcement of his note, or of any of the rights hereunder, 
and hereby agree to pay to the Bank on demand the amount 
of any and all such expense mcurred by it. 



414 



The Bank is authorized at any time and from time to 
time, at its option, to appropriate and apply any or all of 
the net cash receipts from any of said property and securi- 
ties, and/or any or all of any balance of deposit account of 
the undersigned with the Bank and/or any or all monies 
now or hereafter in the hands of the Bank and belonging 
to the undersigned, to the payment in whole or in part of 
this note or of any of the said liabilities or any of said 
expense, returning the surplus, if any, to the undersigned 
or whoever may be entitled thereto; and notwithstanding 
the holding by the Bank of said security for the payment 
of this note and said other liabilities, or any sale, exchange, 
enforcement, collection of, realization upon, or compromise, 
or settlement, actual or attempted, with reference to any 
of said property and security, the undersigned shall be and 
remain liable for the payment in full, principal and inter- 
est, of this note and of all said other liabilities, including 
any expense as aforesaid, except only to the extent that the 
same or any thereof shall be reduced by payment, or actual 
application thereon by the Bank of security or the proceeds 
thereof. 

If at any time the collateral held by the Bank as security 
for the payment of this note shall be unsatisfactory to the 
Bank, and the undersigned shall not on demand forthwith 
furnish such further security or make such payment on 
account as shall be satisfactory to the Bank, or if any sum 
payable under this note or any of said other liabilities for 
principal, interest, or otherwise, be not paid when due, or 
if the undersigned shall be in default hereunder for any 
matter or thing, or if the undersigned, or any endorser or 
guarantor of this note, or any maker, endorser or guarantor 
of any of said security, shall become insolvent (however 
such insolvency may be evidenced) or make a general as- 
signment for the benefit of creditors, or if a petition in 
bankruptcy shall be filed against, or a voluntary petition 
in bankruptcy shall be filed by or if a receiver shall be ap- 
pointed of the property or assets, or any thereof, of the 
undersigned or any such maker or endorser or guarantor, 
thereupon this note and/or any or all of said other liabili- 
ties shall, unless the Bank shall otherwise elect, be forth- 
with due and payable. The Bank may pledge any of said 
security (either alone or with other) to the United States 
or to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in its own 
right or as agent of the Ignited States, to secure deposits or 



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other obligations of the Bank of any amounts whatever. 
Upon the transfer of this note, the Bank may transfer any 
or all of said security and shall be thereafter fully dis- 
charged from all liability and responsibility with respect to 
the security so transferred and the transferee vested with 
all the powers and rights of the Bank hereunder with re- 
spect to such security so transferred, but with respect to 
any security not so transferred, the Bank shall retain all 
rights and powers hereby given. No delay on the part of 
any holder hereof in exercising any power or right here- 
under shall operate as a waiver of any power or right ; 
nor shall any single or partial exercise of any power or 
right hereunder preclude other or further exercise thereof, 
or the exercise of any other power or right. The rights 
and remedies herein expressly specified are cumulative 
and not exclusive of any other rights or remedies which 
any holder hereof may otherwise have, or would have by 
the law of pledge or lien, without said specification. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON 

Governor of Florida. 
ERNEST AMOS 

Comptroller. 
FRED H. DAVIS 

Attorney General. 
W. V. KNOTT 

State Treasurer. 
NATHAN MAYO 

Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture. 
i 

As and composing the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund of the 
State of Florida. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

and on the baek of the said note is the following : 

IN CONSIDERATION of One Dollar ($1.00), receipt 
of which is acknowledged, and of the credit given or dis- 
count, loan or extension of time made by or upon the within 

note, which the undersigned requested, 

the undersigned hereby unconditionallv 

guarantee to THE CHASE NATIONAL BANK OF THE 
CITY OF NEW YORK, New York, its successors and 



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assigns, and every subsequent holder of said note, irre- 
spective of the genuineness, validity, regularity or enforei- 
bility thereof, or of the obligation evidenced thereby, or 
of any collateral therefor, or of the existence or extent of 
any such collateral, and irrespective of any other circum- 
stance, that all sums stated therein to be payable there- 
under shall be promptly paid in full when due, in accord- 
ance with the provisions thereof, at maturity, by accelera- 
tion or otherwise, and, in case of extension of time or pay- 
ment in whole or in part, all said sums shall be promptly 
paid when due according to such extension or extensions 
at maturity, by acceleration or otherwise ; and hereby con- 
sent that from time -to time, without notice to the under- 
signed, payment of any sums payable under said note, 
or of any of the collateral therefor, may be extended 
in whole or in part or any of said collateral be exchanged, 
surrendered or otherwise dealt with as the holder of the 
within note may determine, and that any of the acts men- 
tioned in said note may be done; and hereby waive pre- 
sentment, demand of payment from the maker, protest 
and notice of non-payment or protest or of any exchange, 
sale, or other handling of collateral. 

ASSIGNMENT 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT: 
Doyle E. Carlton, Governor; Fred H. Davis, Attorney Gen- 
eral; Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture; W, V. 
Knott, State Treasurer; Ernest Amos, State Comptroller, 
as and composing the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund of the State of Florida, in consideration of 
$300,000.00 paid to said Trustees by the Chase National 
Bank of New York and for the purpose of securing the 
payment of said $300,000,00., according to the tenor and 
effect of one certain promissory note of even date herewith 
for said sum of money. 

DO HEREBY ASSIGN, transfer and set over unto the 
said Chase National Bank of New York, its successors, that 
certain obligation of the State of Florida to the said Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of 
Florida as provided by Chapter 12428, Laws of Florida 
1927, the balance due on said obligation being $550,000.00 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Said Trustees have 
hereunto affixed their signatures and caused the seal of the 
said Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the 



/ 



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State of Florida to be affixed thereto this, the 28th day 
of June, A. D. 1930. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON 

Governor. 
FRED H. DAVIS 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO 

Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture. 
W. V. KNOTT 

State Treasurer. 
ERNEST AMOS 

State Comptroller, 
ATTEST : 

F. C. ELLIOT 
Secretary. 

There being no further business to come before the 
meeting at this time, the meeting was adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller- — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. 0. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 1, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of June 24th were presented and 
approved. 



Mr. Elliot stated that Mr. R. A. Gray, Secretary of State, 
had requested him to submit application of F. B. Jones 
for purchase of land in Lake County. 

Upon order the matter was held over for further in- 
formation. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date, sub- 
ject to competitive bids, tax certificate lands in Sections 5 
and 7, Township 48 South, Range 42 East, and in Section 



14—1. L F. 



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25, Township 50 South, Range 41 East, Broward County, 
the following being the best and highest bids were accepted : 

To J. M. Goodwin : Tract 7, Block 84, Palm Beach Farms 
Co., Plat 3, Section 5, Township 48, Range 42 ; 

Tracts 37, 58 and 60, Block 86, Palm Beach Farms Co., 
Plat 3, Section 7, Township 48, Range 42. 

To Walter Laski: Tract 28 (less Bast 4.5 acres), Section 
25, Township 50, Range 41 — 10 acres. 

Deeds were ordered issued to the above parties. 



Mr. Elliot reported that Mr. Guyte P. McCord, repre- 
senting Dickens and Shirey, had completed execution of 
all papers in connection with shell leases, and everything 
completed except the return of a $1,000 cash bond for which 
surety bond had been substituted. However, royalties 
amounting to $615.00 were now due the Trustees on the 
leases. The Secretary was directed to ascertain from 
Messrs. Dickens and Shirey if it would be satisfactory to 
deduct the amount of $615.00 and refund to them the bal- 
ance of the $1,000 cash bond. 



The Land Department presented report from Mr. A. R. 
Richardson, Land Agent, on request from the War Depart- 
ment to deposit spoil on State lands in Townships 40 and 
41, Range 42, Palm Beach County, the purpose of the work 
to be the improving of Intra-Coastal Waterway in that 
section. 

Mr. Richardson having reported that the depositing of 
the material would in no way injure the land, the Trustees 
directed that the War Department be notified that there 
would be no objecion to placing the spoil on State land. 



The Secretary requested that the Trustees have a special 
meeting in the near future to dispose of certain matters 
held over for further consideration, and also that no action 
be taken on credits held by the Trustees until such meeting 
could be held. This was agreed to by the Trustees and so 
ordered. 



The Land Department presented offer of $8.00 per acre 
for Lots 3, 6, and 7 of Section 21, Township 30, Range 27, 
108.62 acres in Polk County. 

Upon motion seconded and duty adopted the offer was 
rejected. 



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Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from 
Fred A. Smith of Gasparilla, advising that there was a 
piece of land in Gasparilla Bay, near Placida, Charlotte 
County, which he believed was owned by the State, and on 
which a large house had been erected. Mr. Smith makes 
application to occupy the house and act as custodian of the 
property without salary, if found to be State land. 

It was ordered that Mr. Richardson make the necessary 
investigation to determine whether the property is owned 
by the Trustees. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

J. M. Sutton, Washington, D. C $100.00 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Pla 289.90 

H. G. VanCloster, Kansas City, Mo 7.57 



$397.47 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Ch airman. 
ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 8, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Secretary presented letter from Messrs. Fullerton 
and Gillespie of New Smyrna, requesting that no further 
action Be taken in the sale of a small tract of submerged 
land at New Smyrna, applied for by their clients and ob- 
jected to by the City of New Smyrna, until Mr. Murray 
Sams could appear before the Board, which would be 
some time in August or September. 

The Trustees ordered that no further action be taken 
until Mr. Sams can be present, and the Land Department 
was directed to so advise Mr. Fullerton. 



The Secretary presented letter from L. G. Gollatz of 
Ritta, manager of property owned by J. P. Johnson, ob- 



jecting to the leasing of land on Miami Canal to Mr, W. 
M. Buford on which to erect a store, stating that he al- 
ready has a store in that vicinity and that there is not suf- 
ficient business for two. 

The Trustees having closed the transaction with Mr. Bu- 
ford for leasing the land, declined to. take any action in 
the matter. 



The Secretary presented letter from Spitzer, Ho rick & 
Company, complimenting the Trustees on securing funds 
with which to assist the Drainage Board in meeting bond 
interest and maturity payments July 1st. The letter was 
ordered filed. 



The Land Department presented letter from Boozer & 
Boozer of West Palm Beach, in behalf of client W. N. Tur- 
ner, stating that he is due the State on Entry No. 17555 
$607.29 principal and $108.00 interest and being unable 
to pay both principal and interest at this time requests 
that the Trustees waive the interest and accept the amount 
of $607.29 in full settlement of the account. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the matter was held 
for further consideration. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. C. 
Perry Snell of St. Petersburg, representing Snell Isle, 
Inc., stating that his note in the amount of $4,000.00 prin- 
cipal and $720.00 interest was due June 18th, that he is 
unable to pay the principal at this time, and requesting 
the Trustees to allow him to pay the interest now and ex- 
tend the note for one year. 

Mr. Mayo moved that Mr. Snell be allowed to pay the 
interest due on his note and grant an extension of one year 
on the principal payment. Seconded by Mr. Knott and 
upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. James 
A. Ball, of Wallis Engineering Company, representing C. 
E. Thomas, requesting that notes given by him in the pur- 
chase of Everglades land be advanced in date one year, 
owing to the fact that the land is leased out this season 
and he cannot get possession. 

After consideration, the request was denied and the 
Land Department directed to so advise Mr. Ball. 



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A letter was presented from H. M. McNatt of Odessa, 
Florida, offering $500.00 cash, or $12.50 i>er acre, for the 
NWVi of SWI4 of Section 4, Township 33 South, Range 
20 East — 40 acres in Manatee County. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Richardson be requested 
to make investigation and report on this land before action 
is taken on the offer. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that he had 
secured certificates from the Clerk of the Court of Palm 
Beach County, in lieu of abstracts, on lands which South- 
ern Sugar Company had requested in exchange for lands 
owned by them. 

In view of the present status of Southern Sugar Com- 
pany the Trustees ordered that this matter be held in 
abeyance. 



Mr. M. C. Melntosh, Counsel, reported that the Supreme 
Court had reversed the decision of the lower court in the 
ejectment suit of R. E. Raulerson and that in the new trial 
to be had it would be advisable to have certain elevation 
surveys made to be used as evidence. The Chief Drainage 
Engineer stated that the Engineers at West Palm Beach 
could make these surveys, whereupon, it was ordered that 
the matter of surveys be referred to Mr. Elliot. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C. West Palm Beach, Fla..$ 9.00 
W. V. Blackwell, Secretarv Southern Dr. District, 

Miami, Fla 174.00 



$183.00 



Financial Statement for the month of June, 1930, was 
presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT, JUNE, 1930 

Balance in Fund June 1, 1930. .$ 24,161.56 

From sale of minutes 1.50 

Receipts on account of oil leases 541.48 
From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Aets of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 3,378.29 



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Refund on account of overpay- 
ment of taxes on Trustees' 
lands in Palm Beach County . . $ 3.52 

From land sales (Certificate No, 

17115) 117,811.20 

Receipts on account of shell lease* 396.05 
Sale of sand, shell and gravel , . . 817.87 

Prom various land sales 2,101.07 

Sale of map 1 .00 

Refund by U. S. Dept. of Geodetic 

surveys 8.00 

Prom land sales ($387.30) less 
25% to State School Fund 
(96.83) 290.47 



$149,512.01 
Less Disbursements 112,197.68 



Balance on hand July 1, 1930. . . . 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and Cash Items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 36,314.33 



$ 37,314.33 



$ 37,314.33 
BALANCES IN BANKS JULY l r 1930 

• 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Florida $ 845.48 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Florida 1,360.80 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Florida 6,494.05 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Florida 3,498.70 

First National Bank, Miami, Flor- 
ida J 1,940.15 

Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 
Florida 6,002.02 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Florida 478.24 

Low-is State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Florida 1,516.93 



Central Farmers Tr. Co., West 

Palm Beach, Florida * 13,177.96 

Capital City Bank, Special Ac- 
count 1,000.00 



$36,314.33 



DISBURSEMENTS 



Date Check 

1930 No. In Favor of: Amount 

June 2, 8170 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C . .$ 310.15 

8171 Rov A O'Bannon, T. C .90 

8172 J. A. Warren, T. C 158.88 

11, 8173 Everglades Drainage District 3,345.09 

8174 Railwav Express Co 5.86 

8175 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 18.20 

8176 Southern Telephone & Constr. 

Co 6.35 

8177 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. . . 1.71 

8178 Western Union Telegraph Co. 16.28 

8179 A. R. Richardson 175.83 

8180 H. & W. B. Drew Co. ....... 2.63 

/ 8181 Florida Times-Union 21.75 

8182 Everglades News 15.00 

8183 Roy A. O 'Bannon, T. C 3,484.25 

8184 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C . . 1.56 

8185 Central Farmers Trust Co., 

West Palm Beach 101,166.67 

18, 8186 Frank A Bryan, C. C. C 165.07 

8187 C. A. Leitner 300.00 

8188 The Hnnter Press 59.97 

8189 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 1.80 

8190 A. R. Richardson 186.22 

30. 8191 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

8192 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

8193 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

8194 F. E. Bavless 233.34 

8195 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8196 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

8197 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8198 Jentve Dedge 75.00 

8199 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

8200 Hattie Bell 83.33 

8201 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 



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Date 
1930 
June 30 



Cheek 
No. 
8202 

8203 
8204 

s-mr> 



In Favor of Amount 

F. P. Jackson $ 175.00 

D. B. Pinkston 175.00 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C. . . 1.00 
J. II. Sutton .- 400.00 



8206 W. H. May, Postmaster 



10.00 



$112,197.68 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
ATTEST : Governor-Chairman. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 12, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Trustees had before them for consideration the mat- 
ter of oil lease which had been prepared for execution, cov- 
ering certain land under purchase between G. W. Bingham 
and Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund. 

After further study of conditions of the proposed lease, 
the Trustees decided not to execute the same but to hold the 
subject over for consideration by the Board when all mem- 
bers can be present. The reason for further study of the 
lease was that it contained a provision that the Trustees 
would pay all delinquent taxes on lands held by Mr. Bing- 
ham for the past five years, with the probability of paying 
for the next five years, and the Trustees were of the opinion 
that the amount of these taxes would not justify them in 
entering into the transaction. 



Report of Mr. Richardson on proposed conveyance by 
Mr. Knott to the Trustees of the Ni/ 2 of Lot 2, Section 11. 
Township 44 South, Range 36 East, was submitted. Mr. 
Richardson reported favorably on said exchange and Mr. 
Knott was therefore allowed the privilege of conveying the 
above property and receiving a credit of $1,625.75, $1,068.00 



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of which was to be applied to Mortgage No. 17558 and the 
balance of said credit to be used by Mr. Knott in other pur- 
chases of State land. Mr. Richardson recommended that 
M this land was adjacent to the Miami Canal it would be 
to the interest of the Trustees to control same. 



The Land Department presented offer from Mr. W. V. 
Knott of $20.00 per aere for Lot 6, Section 10, Township 
44 South. Range 22 East— 9.80 acres in Lee County. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
accepted the offer of $20.00 per acre and directed that deed 
be issued to Mr. Knott and purchase price charged against 
credit he has with the Trustees. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor— Chairman. 



ATTEST: 
P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
July 15, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of June 16th. and 28th and 
.July 1st, 8th and 12th, were presented and approved. 



Mr. W. Terry Gibson of West Palm Beach, Attorney 
for Lake Worth Inlet District, appeared before the Trus- 
tees and made application to acquire certain submerged 
lands in Lake Worth adjacent to the channel of the Inlet 
District, in order that the Inlet District can control the 
land and construct jetties and other works to prevent sand 
filling in the channel. Mr. Gibson presented maps and data 
on the subject for consideration by the Board. 

After discussion, Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees 
take the proposition under advisement until a full Board 
can be present and that Mr. Elliot go further into the 



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matter and make report as to action of the Trustees in 
similar cases and former action of the Trustees on dis- 
position of Lake Worth submerged lands. Seconded, by Mr. 
Knott and upon vote adopted. 

The Trustees having sold certain land on Ritta Island 
to C. E. Thomas, Entry No. 18097, and Mr. John M. 
Button having 10% interest in the land owing to selection 
by him, it was directed that check in the amount of $218.40 
be issued in favor of John M. Sutton to cover his said 
interest. 



The Secretary presented request from E. B. Leatherman, 
Clerk Circuit Court, Dade County, for cancellation of 
Certificate No. 3658, Sale of August 5, 1927, on 20 acres 
of land in Section 12, Township 57 South, Range 38 East — 
Dade County, on account of original owner being disabled 
by paralysis. The Trustees having no authority to cancel 
certificates as above, declined to make the cancellation. 



The Trustees ordered refund check for $8,68 issued to 
Penny & Sumner of Miami on account of Certificate No. 
1560, Sale of August 1, 1927, having already been re- 
deemed. 

Refund check was ordered issued in the amount of $21.41 
to S. W, Bollinger, on account of paying 1929 drainage 
taxes twice. . 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Pla. .$ .76 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . 1.52 

Railway Express Agency, Tallahassee, Fla .40 

Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, 

Florida 5.20 

Midyette Insurance Agency, Tallahassee, Fla. . . 4.00 
The Tallahassee Office Supply Co., Tallahassee, 

Florida 6.25 

Haynes & Ratliff , Sanford Fla 6.55 

Paul Barcus, Wayeross, Ga 23.60 

Ft. Lauderdale News, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 9.00 

Pennv & Sumner, Miami Fla 8.68 

S. W*. Bollinger, Lake Worth. Fla 21.41 

John M. Sutton, Washington, D. C 218.40 

$ 305.77 



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Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 22, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : / 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Minutes of the Trustees of July 15th, 1930, presented 
and approved. 



Mr. F. C. B. LeGro of Miami came before the Trustees 
relative to resolution of June 10, 1930, whereby Mr. LeGro 
was authorized to foreclose certain mortgage on lands sold 
to Venetian Islands. "Whereupon the following resolution 
was presented : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund of the State of Florida, on the 10th day of June, 1930, 
passed and adopted the resolution by which it authorized 
F. C. B, LeGro of Miami, Florida, to proceed to foreclose 
on behalf of the Trustees a certain mortgage held and owned 
by the Trustees covering certain real estate located in the 
bottom of Biscayne Bay in the County of Dade, State of 
Florida, reference to which resolution for all of the further 
particulars therein contained is here specifically made ; and 

WHEREAS, The said F. C. B. LeGro has now appeared 
before the Trustees again in meeting assembled and con- 
sidered further with the Trustees the subject matter of the 
said resolution and has brought to the attention of the 
Trustees the fact that the mortgage to be foreclosed, re- 
corded among the public records of Dade County, Florida, 
in Mortgage Book 718 at page 478, does not embrace all of 
the land which the said F. C. B. LeGro wishes the Trustees 



428 



to re-acquire and sell to him, but that the remaining portion 
of the said land is embraced in a further mortgage also held 
and owned by the Trustees, made by North Venetian Islands 
Company on the 14th day of April, 1926, and recorded 
among the public records of Dade County, Florida, in Mort- 
gage Book 713, at page 540; and 

WHEREAS, The Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund still stand ready to effect the agreement and under- 
taking set forth in the said resolution and to consider the 
agreement as embracing the foreclosure of both of the mort- 
gages and the sale of substantially all of the real estate 
covered by them, a more definite description being herein- 
after given, and is ready to enter into a written memoran- 
dum agreement with the said F. C. B. LeGro covering said 
subject matter; 

NOW, THEREFORE, upon consideration, and upon 
mot ion duly made by Mr. Davis, ami seconded by Mr. Mayo, 
the following resolution was unanimously adopted : 

BE IT RESOLVED : 

1. That F, C. B. LeGro is hereby authorized to take what- 
ever steps may be necessary on behalf of the Trustees to 
secure unto them with all reasonable dispatch, title to the 
real estate embraced in both of the said mortgages and not 
heretofore released, one mortgage having been given by 
Gamble and Gamble, Inc., dated the 27th day of April, 1926, 
and recorded among the public records of Dade County, 
Florida, in Mortgage Book 718 at page 478, and the other 
having been given by North Venetian Islands Company, 
dated the 14th day of April, 1926, and recorded among the 
public records of Dade County, Florida, in Mortgage Book 
713 at page 540, free and clear of all encumbrances, it being 
understood that all expenses of the proceedings, either legal 
or otherwise, necessary to accomplish this purpose shall be 
borne by F. C, B, LeGro, the Trustees to be in no way 
liable for any expense attached thereto. 

2- That the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
ot' the State of Florida, immediately upon acquiring the 
title to the said land will cause the said land to be adver- 
tised and will sell to the said F. C. B, LeGro, or a company 
to be designated by him, all the real estate now embraced 
in both of the mortgages and lying South of the south line 
of the right-of-way heretofore conveyed by the said F, C. B. 
LeGro and others to the County of Dade* State of Florida, 
for the construction of a causeway across Biseayne Bay and 



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known as the 79th Street Causeway, and also sell and con- 
vey in lieu of that portion of the real estate now embraced 
in the mortgages lying north of the said right-of-way, a 
tract of land described as follows, to-wit : 

In locating a point for beginning the description of the 
said tract of land, commence at the Northwest corner of 
Section 9, Township 53 South, Range 42 East, and run 
South 1 degree, 37 minutes, 8 seconds East, along the sec- 
tion line between Sections 8 and 9, 2351.65 feet to the said 
point of beginning, which point is also the point of begin- 
ning for the description of a tract of land embraced in a 
warranty deed from North Venetian Islands Company to 
F. C. B. LeGro, which deed appears among the public rec- 
ords of Dade County, Florida, in Deed Book 1031 at page 
424: 

Thence run North 88 degrees 41 minutes 24 sec- 
onds East, along the Northern boundary line of the 
land embraced in the said deed, 1060 feet to the 
Northeast corner of the land embraced in said 
deed ; thence run North 28 degrees 12 minutes 27 
seconds East, 944.96 feet ; 

Thence run North 1 degree 37 minutes 8 seconds 
West, parallel to the Western boundary line of said 
Section 9, 2967.11 feet to the point of curve of a 
circular curve; 

Thence run along said circular curve to the left 
a distance of 989,60 feet (said curve having a 
radius of 630 feet and a central angle of 90 de- 
grees) to the point of tangent of said curve ; 

Thence run South 88 degrees 22 minutes 52 
seconds West, on a tangent to said circular curve a 
distance of 740 feet to the point of curve of a sec- 
ond circular curve ; 

Thence run along said curve to the left a dis- 
tance of 989.60 feet (said curve having a radius of 
630 feet and a central angle of 90 degrees) to the 
point of tangent of said curve ; 

Thence run South 1 degree 37 minutes 8 seconds 
East, parallel to the Western boundary line of said 
Section 9 (extended North) 2967.11 feet; 

Thence run South 31 degrees 37 minutes 8 sec- 
onds East, 940.02 feet to the point of beginning, 
said tract containing 189.94 acres, more or less. 

3. That the price of the said real estate shall be One 



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Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per acre to be evidenced by a 
note or notes payable on or before Five (5) years from the 
date of such Bale, together with interest thereon at the rate 
of Six (6) per cent per annum, payable annually, this in- 
debtedness to be secured by a first mortgage covering the 
said land in form acceptable to the Trustees. 

4. That the conveyance of the said land shall include 
all oil and mineral rights and the right to dredge sur- 
rounding and adjacent bay bottoms for the purpose of 
obtaining such dirt and material as may be necessary, 
proper or needful for filling the said land purchased to 
a minimum elevation of six (6) feet above the level of 
the water at low tide, any such dredging operations to 
be subject to the control and regulation of the Trustees. 

5. That the mortgage to be taken by the Trustees as 
aforesaid, among other provisions, shall contain a pro- 
vision to the effect that from time to time upon request 
by the mortgagor, the Trustees will release any substantial 
contiguous portion of the real estate then embraced in 
the mortgage upon the payment of One Hundred twenty- 
five dollars (125.00) per acre, which shall be credited 
upon said mortgage indebtedness, 

6. That a contract embodying the agreement made 
by and between the Trustees and the said F. C. B. LeGro 
be forthwith prepared and executed in accordance with 
the terms of this resolution. 

The said Contract referred to in Paragraph 6 of the fore- 
going Resolution, was executed and delivered to Mr. LeGro. 



Mr. F. C. B. LeGro of Miami advised the Trustees that 
in foreclosing Mortgage Jio, 17274-B, the cost of clearing 
up title will be rather expensive, and requests the Trustees 
to amend their Resolution of May 27th, 1930, by passing 
a resolution allowing him to release from the said mortgage 
certain portions of the land upon payment of $100.00 per 
acre cash. 

After discussion, the following Resolution was presented 
and adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, under date of May 27th, 1930, the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund passed a resolution pro- 
viding for the sale to F. C. B. LeGro, or company to be 
designated by him, all of that submerged land in Biscayne 
Bay covered in Mortgage No. 17274-B to the Trustees of 



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the Internal Improvement Fund, provided the said F. C. 
B. LeGro would first re-invest title in the Trustees; and 

WHEREAS, in order that title may be re-invested in 
the Trustees it is first necessary to clear up several out- 
standing obligations now on this property, which will be 
rather expensive, and whicH Mr, LeGro is unable to do 
unless and until he can consummate the sale of a portion 
of the land and give clear title thereto; Now, therefore 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund hereby agree to release certain lands 
covered by said mortgage to be designated by F. C. B. 
LeGro, for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred 
Dollars ($100.00) per acre, executing therefor a partial 
release of the mortgage and crediting the amount so paid 
on the mortgage indebtedness; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that upon the said 
F. C. B. LeGro reeonveying to the Trustees all lands 
covered by Mortgage No. 17274-B, except paid for and 
released as above, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund will thereupon re-advertise and sell to F. C. B. 
LeGro the land so re-conveyed, at the price of $100.00 per 
acre, together w,ith release of all oil and mineral rights as 
contemplated under the Resolution of May 27, 1930. 



Mr. Francis S. Whitten of Miami appeared before the 
Trustees and requested that a resolution be adopted allow- 
ing him to use his credit allowed December 4, 1929, in 
payment for lands, oil leases and drainage taxes. 

Upon a discussion of the proposition the Trustees ad- 
vised Mr. Whitten they could not pass such resolution 
as requested, but had appointed Mr. Elliot and Mr. Mc- 
intosh a committee to confer with him and see if some basis 
for settlement of the entire credit might not be worked out. 



Mr Elliot presented a report of credits allowed by 
the Trustees, account of reconveyance of lands, and ad- 
vised that a credit was allowed Mr, Francis S. Whitten, 
disposition of which is still pending ; credit allowed C. F. 
Dodson, which has been disposed of; and tentative arrange- 
ments for credit to Mr. R. M. Jones of Jacksonville, which 
has not been finally disposed of. 

Mr. Elliot recommends that the latter credit of R. M. 
Jones be denied as it has been pending for some months ; 
also that the Trustees adopt a rule of allowing a eredit or 



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refund only in eases where the Trustees are unable to de- 
liver good and sufficient title, or for some other equally 
good reason where there has been failure on the part of 
the Trustees to eaiTy out sales contract, or some essential 
condition connected therewith. 

Mr. Davis moved that the •recommendation of Mr. El- 
liot be adopted as the policy of the Trustees. Seconded 
by Mr, Amos and upon vote adopted. 



Governor Carlton asked if the attitude of the Trustees 
had changed as to granting oil leases ? 

It was the action of the Trustees that in cases where a 
disposition was shown to actually bore for oil that leases 
be granted and that applicants be advised of this action. 

In connection with oil leases, Mr. Elliot was requested to 
examine the standard form heretofore used and make modi- 
fications where advisable, and also beginning with this 
date a charge of $2,00 be made for recording each assign- 
ment of oil lease, or portion thereof. 



Mr. Mayo moved that oil lease applied for by Mr. Whit- 
ten and Mr. Elanehard, covering lands along the lower 
coast of Monroe and Collier Counties be executed and de- 
livered to Mr. Blanehard upon a clause being inserted 
therein to the effect that all rights and interests of upland 
owners shall be protected; also that another oil lease 
formerly granted Mr. Blanehard, covering 13,120 acres in 
Monroe County, be executed and delivered. Motion 
seconded and adopted. 

Mr. Elliot presented letter from Mr. Jas. A, Ball, Jr., of 
Wallis Engineering Company, requesting to be advised of 
the amount necessary to redeem certificate held by the 
Trustees on Lot 11, Tract 11, Section 13, Township 42 
South, Range 36 East, originally owned by T, J, Zimmer- 
man, as he was considering purchasing title of Mr. Zim- 
merman. The Trustees directed that the matter be han- 
dled by Mr. Elliot in the usual manner. 



Mr. Elliot reported that he had received letter from 
Lake Griffin Pulp and Paper Corporation requesting to 
be advised when lease would be forwarded, and that in 
accordance with instructions of the Board he had notified 
Servicised Laboratories, Inc., of the action taken June 
10th, but had received no reply as yet. 



The Trustees agreed to wait one week and if no reply 
was received, lease to Lake Griffin Pulp and Paper Corpor- 
ation would be executed. 



Mr. Elliot presented request from Florida Power & 
Light Company for right-of-way for the purpose of con- 
structing, operating and maintaining transmission lines 
over land owned by the State or in which they have an in- 
terest along the Hillsborough Canal. Five (5) easements 
were presented, covering the above request. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant the easements and the same were executed by all 
members. 



The Land Department presented letter from Boozer and 
Boozer, attorneys of West Palm Beach, held over from 
July 8th meeting, in which letter request was made to 
waive interest due on Entry No. 17555 in the amount of 
$108.00 upon payment of principal— $607.29, The Trus- 
tees declined to waive the interest as requested. 



Report was received from Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land 
Agent, on lands applied for by H. M. MeNatt of Odessa, 
Florida, in which he advises that $500.00 is a fair price 
for the 40 acres of land in Manatee County. 

The Trustees accepted the offer of Mr. McXatt of $500.00 
cash and directed the Land Department to so advise him. 



MeGowan-Forshee Lumber Company having applied to' 
purchase timber from the S ] /2 of SW 1 ^ of Section 32, 
Township 33, Range 21, Manatee County, and the matter 
having been referred to Mr. Richardson for investigation. 
report was received that $325,00 would be a fair price for 
the timber. 

The Trustees agreed to accept $325.00 for the timber on 
lands in Manatee County as above described and directed 
that applicant be so advised. 



The Land Department presented offer from C. G. Hall 
of Frostproof of $12.50 per acre for Lots 3, 6, and 7 of Sec- 
tion 21, Township 30 South, Range 27 East— 108.62 acres 
in Polk County. 

Upon motion of Mr. Amos, seconded and adopted, the 
offer was declined. 



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Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, advised the Trustees that 
0. H. Galloway had made inquiry as to connecting certain 
lakes and creeks in Orange and Sumter Counties. 

It was the order of the Trustees that Mr. Richardson 
make investigation as to the nature of the proposition. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh reported that he had taken up with 
the Bond Company the matter of sand and shell lease of 
Asa E. Maige and that said company would pay the 
amounts due by Mr. Maige provided the Trustees would 
cancel the lease and release the Bond Company from fur- 
ther obligation. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Mcintosh to advise said Bond 
Company that upon payment of amounts due on the Asa 
E. Maige lease same would be cancelled and the bondsmen 
released from obligation. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh reported as to Capital City Sand 
and Gravel Company and Hillsboro Sand and Shell 
Company, whose leases have expired, but the companies 
are in arrears in payments to the Trustees. 

Mr. Mcintosh was directed to take the necessary steps to 
collect amounts due and protect the interest of the Trus- 



Mr. E liot presented letter from Mr. Lloyd S. Malone of 
Tampa, requesting to be advised whether or not the State 
or Federal Government has authority to grant oil lease in 
Old Tampa Bay to a ten foot depth of water. The matter 
was held for further information. 



Mr. Bayless, Land Clerk, brought up the matter of as- 
sessing certain lands in Palm Beach County and stated 
that since the boundaries of Palm Beach County include 
all of Lake Okeechobee, except a small section near Eagle 
Bay, the Tax Assessor of Palm Beach County desires to 
know whether taxes should be assessed in the name of Palm 
Beach County against all lands subject to taxes below the 
meander line of the lake. 

The Attorney General was of the opinion that the lands 
around the margin of the lake, below the meander line, 
should be assessed in the county adjacent to which the 
lands were located without reference to whether or not the 
lake was entirely within Palm Beach County or not. 



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Mr. A. R. Richardson submitted report on tract of land 
in Charlotte County, near Placida, on which property is 
located a large building which Mr. Fred A. Smith of Gas- 
pa rill a advised was State or Government land according 
to his information. Mr. Richardson advised that the rec- 
ords in the Land Office disclose that this land was deeded 
in Deed No. 13101, May 13, 1885 to Florida Southern 
Railway Company. The report was ordered filed and the 
Land Department requested to advise Mr. Smith of the 
above information. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson reported that a survey of property 
applied for by Dr. J. B. Game, Sr,, in Wakulla River and 
near St. Marks light house, shows an acreage of 175 acres 
instead of 64 acres as first estimated, and that Dr. Game 
makes an offer of $500.00 for the entire acreage. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees decided 
to stand by the price placed on the land — $5.00 per aere. 

Fpon motion, duly adopted, the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor— Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 23, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr, Francis S. Whitten of Miami having appeared be- 
fore the Trustees on the 22nd instant, relative to credit he 
holds with the State, and the Trustees having appointed 
Mr. Elliot and Mr. Mcintosh as a committee to confer with 
Mr, Whitten and try and work out some plan whereby the 
credit might be applied, Mr. Elliot reported that they had 
tried to arrive at a basis for using the credit, but on such 
short notice Mr. Whitten was unable to select lands to take 
up the entire amount; however, he had made selection of 



436 

certain lands on which he desired oil lease and had a plan 
that would take up considerable of the balance of the credit, 
but it would be necessary for him to return to Miami before 
the plans could be perfected. 

Mr. Elliot read the recommendations of the committee, 
which were in conformity to former resolutions passed by 
the Trustees December 4, 1929, and January 7, 1930, and 
the only difference was that the credit could be applied in 
payment of oil leases and in payment of land purchased 
from the State only by Islands Inc., or in its name and 
could be applied only so long as title remains in Islands 
Incorporated. 

The recommendations submitted were objected to by the 
Governor and Mr. Mayo on the ground that it tied the 
Trustees up more than the original resolutions and would 
put Mr. Whit ten in a position to hold the Trustees up to 
the extent of applying this credit in almost any manner he 
saw fit. Mr. Mayo was of the opinion that this action was 
supposed to have taken the place of former resolutions. 

After considerable discussion Mr. Davis moved that the 
report of the Committee be accepted and approved and that 
the credit be applied as set forth in the memorandum pre- 
sented. Seconded by Mr. Knott and adopted. Whereupon, 
the following resolution was adopted : 

RESOLUTION 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund that the credit granted to Islands Incor- 
porated, in accordance with certain agreements in resolu- 
tion form, dated December 4, 1929, and January 7, 1930, 
between said Trustees and said Islands Incorporated, may 
be used as cash in the purchase by it of lands from the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund or in liquidation 
of any obligation arising from such transaction, provided 
the title is taken by Islands Incorporated and so long as 
title is retained by Islands Incorporated, except that this 
credit may be applied on any of the oil leases now outstand- 
ing, whether in the name of Islands Incorporated or other- 
wise, and to any oil lease or leases which may be granted to 
Islands Incorporated; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that written notice 
from Islands Incorporated, signed by its President or Vice- 
President, authorizing the application of an amount of the 
credit on any purchase or lease by Islands Incorporated will 



437 

be full authority for the Trustees to accept same in pay- 
ment for items hereinbefore mentioned. 

The foregoing resolution shall be construed as in accord- 
ance and consistent with those certain agreements in resolu- 
tion form above referred to. 

The Governor stated that he had no objection to allowing 
the credits on oil leases, but he thought Mr. Whitten was 
being given more than the resolutions contemplated and as 
it did not take the place of former resolutions, he saw no 
benefit to the Trustees in entering into it. 

The Trustees authorized drawing of an oil lease requested 
by Mr. Francis S. Whitten, covering certain territory along 
the lower Gulf Coast of Florida as previously applied for 
by Mr. Whitten, lease to be issued in the name of W. G. 
Blanchard; Payment for said lease to be Four Thousand 
Dollars ($4,000.00) in advance for two years and Two 
Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) each year thereafter until 
the full amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) is paid. 
Term of lease to be five years. 

Also authorized the drawing of an oil lease in favor of 
W. G. Blanchard covering certain water bottoms north of 
Florida East Coast Railway and extending from a point 
near Key West on the west to Longitude 81 degrees 13 min- 
utes West, to be more particularly described in lease, con- 
sideration of which is to be $2,000.00 in advanee for two 
years, and $1,000.00 each year thereafter — a total period 
of five years with a total payment of $5,000.00. 

The amounts as above to be applied against the credit 
which Islands Incorporated has with the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund. 

The Trustees also agreed that Mr. Whitten would be per- 
mitted to apply so much of the credits of Islands Incorpo- 
rated upon the lease of East Coast Oil and Gas Company as 
may be necessary to pay the instalments upon said lease 
from time to time. 

Mr. Whitten advised that he did not want to be put in the 
position of being compelled to use his credit in taking up 
oil leases; that as everyone knew the oil proposition was a 
gamble and might die out any moment and he would be 
left with something he could not use, and that he did not 
care to be hamstrung in any such manner. He asked that 
the Trustees pass no resolution that will in any way inter- 
fere with the original agreements with the Trustees. 

Further discussion was had as to original purchase, out 



438 

of winch the credit was allowed, and the attitude of the 
Board in the premises. 

Mr. Whitten stated that owing to the viewpoint of some 
of the members it would be best for him to withdraw the 
whole proposition and retire; that his dealings heretofore 
with the Trustees had been very agreeable and he wanted 
them to continue so and did not want anything to come up 
that would in any way create an unfriendly attitude. Mr. 
Whitten expressed his regret for any unpleasantness and 
thanked the Board for their consideration. 

Upon motion, duly adopted, the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, July 29, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date, sub- 
ject to objections, certain tracts of land in Indian River 
County, applied for by Mr. W. E. Sexton and Mr. C. D. S, 
Clarkson, objections were called for. 

The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Martin 
Kelly, president of Gem- Kay Development Corporation, 
objecting to the sale of Tracts 12, 13 and 15 on the ground 
that they owned all the East Half of Section 24, east of 
Indian River and any disposition made by the State would 
be detrimental to their development. 

Mr. Davis moved that the three tracts objected to as 
above be withheld from sale until Mr. Kelly could be ad- 
vised of the conditions of sale of the land to Florida Coast 
Line Canal and Transportation Company, from which com- 
pany Mr. Kelly came into possession of the land. Seconded 
and upon vote adopted. 

There being no objections to the remainder of the land 
advertised, sale was consummated to applicants and deeds 



439 

ordered issued to Frederick S. Ruth and other parties to 
be designated by Mr. Sexton. Terms to be one- fourth cash 
and balance in one, two and three years with 6% interest 
on deferred payments. 

Judge Frederick L. Hemming, who also represented Mr. 
Ruth in the above sale, requested that permit be granted 
for tising fill material from adjoining bottoms, subject to 
permit from the War Department. 

The Trustees directed that such permit be issued. 

The Land Department presented letter from W. V. 
Blaekwell, Secretary of Southern Drainage District, ad- 
vising that $2,787.70 sub-drainage district taxes was due 
on lands owned by the State. 

Upon investigation it was found that there was some 
question as to the boundaries of Southern Drainage Dis- 
trict taking in the land so taxed, and the Trustees decided 
to hold the matter over for further consideration. 



The Land Department presented letter from William 
Bloom of Pahokee, requesting the Trustees to waive one 
year's interest due, conditioned upon the payment of prin- 
cipal amounting to $2,170.00 being anticipated. 

The Trustees agreed to waive the interest due by Mr. 
Bloom on condition that principal payment is anticipated 
and check in above amount forwarded at once. 



The Trustees having refused the offer of $12.50 per acre 
made by C. G. Hall of Frostproof, Florida, on lands in 
Polk County, the Land Department presented second letter 
from Mr. Hall asking the Trustees to put a price on the 
land. 

Upon report from the Land Agent, the Trustees agreed 
to accept $20.00 per acre for the land and directed the 
Land Department to so advise Mr. Hall. 



The Land Office presented letter from Hon. Theo. D. 
Levins, Tax Collector of Calhoun County, advising that 
in his purchase of land in the Dead Lakes it has developed 
that 4 acres are outside the meander line and in order to 
get title to the 4 acres he will pay the Trustees $50.00 for 
same. 

The Trustees declined to make sale of the above land as 
it is unsurveyed, and directed the Land Office to so ad- 
vise Mr. Levins. 



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The Land Office presented offer of $150.00 from James 
Pitts for timber on 80 aeres of land in Walton County. 
The matter was held over for further information. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from James M, Owens, Tax 
Assessor of Palm Beach County, requesting the Trustees 
to adopt a resolution authorizing the Tax Assessors to omit 
extension of taxes on lands in Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict on which the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund hold certificates in order that the tax rolls can be 
gotten out in proper form. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees 
adopted the following resolution and directed Mr. Elliot 
to furnish each Tax Assessor with certified copy of same : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, it appears that in certain counties wholly 
or partially within the Everglades Drainage District, Ever- 
glades Drainage District taxes for the year 1929 were as- 
sessed on lauds against which the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida hold Ever- 
glades Drainage District tax certificates; and 

WHEREAS, regardless of the age of such tax certifi- 
cates, whether two. or more years, absolute title to such, 
lands does not by statute vest in the Trustees, for the rea- 
son that the statute provides for redemption by the owner 
or bona fide successor in title to the owner; and 

WHEREAS, taxes for subsequent years continue to run 
against such drainage tax certificates regardless of assess- 
ment and are due and payable upon the redemption or 
sale of any such tax certificates; and 

WHEREAS, the interest of the Board of Commissioners 
o£ Everglades Drainage District and the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund, as well as the owners of 
lands in the Everglades Drainage District, and all creditors 
of the said Board or the said Trustees with reference to 
taxes on such lands, are fully protected by the provisions 
of the statute making subsequent taxes a lien against said 
land and requiring payment of same upon redemption or 
purchase of such tax certificates; and 

WHEREAS, the assessment and sale of such lands en- 
tail additional costs which are prejudicial to the interests 
of the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage 
District, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 



441 

of the State of Florida, original owners of said lands, as 
well as creditors of said Board and said Trustees. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the 
Tax Collector of each county wholly or partially within 
the Everglades Drainage District be directed not to sell 
for 1929 Everglades Drainage District taxes any lands 
against which the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund hold drainage tax certificates, regardless of whether 
such tax certificates are two or more years old, and that 
such Tax Collectors be directed to account for such lands 
by entering the same as errors on' their Error and Insol- 
vency lists. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Tax Assessor 
for each and every county wholly or partially within the 
Everglades Drainage District be directed not to extend on 
the 1930 and subsequent tax rolls the Everglades Drainage 
District taxes against such lands. 



Mr. Elliot presented application from F. M. Daly of 
Coral Gables for oil lease on lands in Sections 19 and 20, 
Township 55 South, Range 39 East, and also requested in- 
formation as to purchase of Lots 1, 2, 3 t 4, 5, 6, between 
Townships 54/55, Ranges 37 and 38. 

The Trustees agreed to grant oil lease to Mr. Daly and 
requested that the Land Department furnish information 
as to purchase of the land referred to. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from Mr. Frank A. Bryan, 
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Broward County, in which 
he requested the Trustees to assist him in straightening out 
redemption of certificate held by the Trustees. Mr. Bryan 
explains that a check was given him last September for re- 
demption of a certain drainage tax certificate, the check 
was misplaced and the entire matter lost sight of until June 
of this year when original owner stopped payment on first 
check and issued duplicate. Mr. Bryan requests that the 
redemption be allowed as of September, 1929. 

Upon a discussion of the matter the Trustees agreed to 
allow Mr. Bryan to submit a supplemental report to Sep- 
tember, 1929, report and take care of the matter in that way. 
It was so ordered. 



Mr. Elliot advised that one of the subjects which had 
come up in connection with the audit recently made of the 



442 

Drainage Board was that of Drainage Tax Certificates. He 
advised that the practice had been for the Trustees to pay 
the clerical and other costs in connection with these certifi- 
cates, but that while, as a result Of the provisions of law, 
the Trustees were required to look after Everglades Drain- 
age District tax certificates bid in in their name by Tax 
Collectors, yet the taxes represented by these certificates 
were a lien for Everglades Drainage District and that busi- 
ness connected therewith was attended to by the Trustees 
for and on behalf of the Drainage Board. He suggested 
that by reason of this fact the expense of handling these 
certificates should be borne by the Board of Commissioners 
of Everglades Drainage District and not by the Trustees of 
the Internal Improvement Fund. 

After discussion the Trustees agreed that the expense in 
connection with drainage tax certificates held by the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund should properly be 
borne by Everglades Drainage District and directed that 
the amount of such expense be ascertained, that a statement 
of same be prepared and a bill rendered Everglades Drain- 
age District for such part as the Trustees had not received 
reimbursement for, and that hereafter all expense connected 
with Everglades Drainage District be borne by the said 
Everglades Drainage District. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary $ 325.00 

A. R. Richardson, Field Agent 492.07 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bavless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwvnn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

R. W. Ervin, General Utility Man 233.34 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge. Assistant Secretary 75.00 

H, L. Shearer, Tax Clerk 50.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

B. C. Whitfield, Bond Clerk 50.00 

F. P. Jackson, Extra Help 175.00 

D. B. Pinkston, Extra Help 175.00 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla. 1.85 

$2,543.09 



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Mr. Tom .Norfleet of Miami appeared before the Trustees 
and requested that he be given an extension of six months 
on his oil lease and that the payment of $10,000 be con- 
tingent upon discovering paying production of oil. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant an extension of six months to Judge Norfleet on 
oil lease, in view of certain services rendered in promoting 
the oil business in Florida, but declined to change the condi- 
tion of payment of $10,000.00. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned, 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, August 5, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of July 22nd, 23rd, and 29th, 
1930, presented and approved. 



A discussion was had as to assignment of oil leases in 
small tracts and the expense to the Trustees in handling 
such assignments. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
that in addition to the charge of $2.00 for recording assign- 
ments, heretofore fixed by the Trustees, that a minimum 
annual charge on sub-leases would be $5.00 each and that 
such charge would cover cases where the amount of annual 
taxes is less than the sum of $5,00; also that a minimum 
annual charge of $25.00 be made for each oil lease where 
the acreage tax is less than $25.00. 



The Trustees having on July 15th referred to Mr. Elliot 
for report a proposition submitted by Mr. W. Terry Gibson, 
attorney for Lake Worth Inlet District, had the matter up 
for consideration on this date. Mr. Gibson being present 



444 

explained the project to the Trustees as follows : That Lake 
Worth Inlet Commissioners are desirous of obtaining from 
the State certain submerged land in Lake Worth lying im- 
mediately south of the channel and a small area to the north 
of the channel, to be used for the improvement of the dis- 
trict and to prevent erosion and washing of mud and silt 
into the channel; that it would be agreeable to the Inlet 
District to have the land deeded for public purposes only 
and in the event of any proposed sale to private individuals 
or corporations, that the matter be submitted to the Trus- 
tees for consent and as to terms and conditions of sale. 

Mr. Elliot reported that the only other similar case was 
that of land granted to the City of Miami for an airport, 
the difference being that the Miami transaction was handled 
by the City authorities while the Lake Worth Inlet proposi- 
tion will be handled by a private corporation, and the Trus- 
tees owning land in the said Inlet District have paid taxes 
on their lands, which is not the case with Miami sale. Also 
that the City of Miami paid the Trustees the sum of ten 
dollars ($10.00) per acre for the land which represented 
the interest the State School Fund had in the land. 

Cpon a discussion of the proposition. Mr. Knott moved 
that the Trustees agree to sell the said submerged land to 
Lake Worth Inlet District, subject to advertisement for 
objections, on the same basis as in the case of the City of 
Miami, deed to contain the provision that the land be used 
(or public purposes only, and in the event of proposed sale 
of any portion thereof, the Inlet Board to submit the same 
to the Trustees for action as to terms and conditions of sale. 

Motion seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Gibson asked that he be permitted to submit the 
proposition to the Inlet Commissioners for approval before 
acceptance, which was granted. Mr. Gibson was requested 
to furnish plats and description of land for advertisement, 
which he agreed to do. 



Messrs. Walter P. Fuller and J. L. Shallcross, represent- 
ing Gulf Tidewater Oil Company, came before the Trustees 
and made application for three oil leases on bay bottom land 
as follows: 

Manatee County — 3600 acres in Sarasota Bay ; Pinellas 
County — 3000 acres in Lake Butler, and 700 acres in Boca 
Ceiga Bay, agreeing to dig a well on each of said tracts, but 
requesting that they be allowed to bore first well on upland 



445 

adjacent to the lake bottom lands of the State, a distance 
not exceeding 2000 feet. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees decided 
to take the applications under advisement for thirty days. 

The Trustees adopted a motion that atl applications for 
oil leases on lake bottoms and bay bottoms be held up for 
a period of thirty (30) days for further consideration. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from L. S. Malone of Tampa, 
making application for oil lease in Old Tampa Bay, but the 
application not being complete as to description no action 
was taken at this time. 



The Land Office reported that it bad been advised by the 
Florida National Bank of Jacksonville that $9,379.00 draft 
drawn on P. C. B. LeGtro through a Miami bank, to take 
up releases of land under mortgage, had not been paid and 
the time limit had expired, however, that Mr. LeGro had 
written the office that the matter was held up pending a 
meeting of the County Commissioners of Dade County, 
which would be held during the next week. 

The Trustees directed that the bank be requested to 
hold the draft for another week and advise Mr. LeOro of 
this action. 



The Land Office presented letter from Mr. J. O. Hillis 
of Tampa offering $20.00 an acre for the Ni/£ of NW*4 of 
Section 10, Township 33 South, Range 20 East. 80 acres, 
and $25.00 per acre for the NW*Vt of NW14 of Section 
4, Township 33 South, Range 20 East, 80 acres, all in Mana- 
tee County. 

Mr. Amos moved that the Trustees make Mr. Hillis a 
counter proposition to accept $25.00 an acre for the entire 
acreage. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. F, (I. Jones of Kissimmee submitted an offer of $10.00 
per acre for the NE*4 of SE^t of Section 5, Township 21. 
Range 26 — Lake County. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees de- 
clined the offer and directed that. Mr, Jones be so advised. 



The matter of Southern Drainage District taxes assessed 
against State land was again presented by the Land Office, 
with the explanation that the matter was held over from 
last meeting. 



446 

In view of the fact that the records show some irregu- 
larity in the boundaries of Southern Drainage District and 
question as to whether the lands assessed are really in the 
District, Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees decline to pay 
the taxes and advise Southern Drainage District that this 
action was taken pending investigation as to the status of 
the boundaries of the District. Seconded and upon vote 
adopted. 



The Land Office reported that Judge W. E. Walsh of 
Miami was in the office on Monday and stated that his 
client, Dr. Joseph H. Adams, had entered into negotiations 
for the purchase of 21.01 acres of submerged land from 
Normandy Beach Properties Corporation for a considera- 
tion of Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000.00) and had de- 
posited with a Miami bank as option a check in the sum of 
Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), said area being a por- 
tion of 244 acres of sovereignty land quit-claimed by the 
Trustees to Normandy Beach Properties Corporation for 
a consideration of $500.00; that upon investigation it had 
developed that the said Corporation could not deliver title 
which would be passed on affirmatively by an abstract and 
guaranty company, and in view of this situation Dr. Adams 
had called off the transaction and entered suit to collect 
the $10,000.00 option, and is requesting the Trustees to 
ascertain whether this quit-claim deed had been issued upon 
correct information to the Trustees; that if the deed had 
been issued upon incorrect information he desired the Trus- 
tees to advise him as he wished to allege that fact in bill of 
complaint on behalf of his elient, Dr. Adams. 

After discussion of the subject, the Trustees directed Mr. 
Mcintosh, Counsel, to take up the matter with Judge Walsh 
and furnish any additional information that might be ma- 
terial. 



Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami came before the Trustees 
and submitted several matters which he desired the Trus- 
tees to pass upon. 

The Trustees requested Mr. Horobin to submit his propo- 
sitions in writing and confer with Mr. Elliot and Mr. Bay- 
less, who will then make report to the Trustees. 



Mr. Elliot reported that Mr. B. H. Dickens had made 
payments on his shell leases to July 1, 1930, and that his 



447 

cash bond in the sum of $1,000 should be ordered released 
to him by the State Treasurer, upon reeeipt of letter from 
the Secretary's office requesting return of the bond. Upon 
motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees requested Mr. 
Knott to release the said bond of Dickens and Shirey upon 
reeeipt of letter from Mr. Elliot as above. 

Financial Statement for the month of July, 1930, was re- 
ceived and ordered placed of record: . 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JULY, 1930 

Balance in Fund July 1, 1930. ..$ 37.314.33 

From Land Sales under Ch. 9131. 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 9,075.91 

From various land sales 7,353.56 

Receipts on account of oil leases 636.94 

From sale of sBnd and gravel .... 407.50 

From royalties on shell 819.36 

Refund on account Adv. sover- 
eignty lands 16.50 

Refund" by Tax Col. Dade County 
account of overpayment drain- 
age district taxes 8.70 

Interest on deposits for quarter 
ending June 30 205.23 

Interest due June 30, 1930, on 
Pelican Lake Sub- Drainage Dis- 
trict 5% bonds 300.00 

$ 56,138.03 
Less Disbursements 3,329.32 






Balance on hand August 1. 1930 $ 52,808.71 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 51,808.71 



$ 52,808.71 

BALANCES IN BANKS AUGUST 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 1,270.84 



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Raniett National Bank. Jackson- 
ville. Fla $ 1,374.45 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville. Fla. 18,664.53 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola. Fla 4,692.01 

Kirst National Bank, Miami. Fla. 1,949.82 

Capital Citv Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla. ....'. 8,070.60 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 483.02 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 4.437.78 

Central Farmers Tr. Co. } West 
Palm Beach, Fla 9,865.66 

Capital City Bank, special account 1,000.00 



Date Cheek 

1930 No. 

Julv 1 8207 

8208 

K209 

8 8210 

8211 

15 8212 

8213 

8214 

8215 

8216 

8217 

S218 

8219 

8220 

8221 

8222 

8223 

31 8224 

8225 

S226 

8227 

S22« 



$ 51,808.71 

DISBURSEMENTS 

In Favor of — Amount 

J. M. Sutton $ 100.00 

A. R. Richardson 189.90 

H. G. VanCloster 7.57 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 9.00 

W. V. Blaekwell, Seety 174.00 

Western Union Telegraph Co. ... .75 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co 1.52 

Railway Express Agency .40 

Southern Telephone & Const r. Co. 5.20 

Midyette's Insurance Agency. . . 4.00 

Tallahassee Office Supply Co. ... 6.25 

Haynes & Ratliff 6.55 

Paul Barcus 23.60 

Fort Lauderdale News 9.00 

Pennv & Sumner 8.68 

S. W". Bollinger 21.41 

John M. Sutton 218.40 

F. C. Elliot 325.00 

A. R. Richardson 492.07 

M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

P. E. Bayless 233.34 

C. B. Owynn 300.00 



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Date Check 

1930 No. In favor of: Amount 

•Tiilv 31, 8229 R. W. Ervin $ 233.34 

8230 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8231 Jentve Dedge 75.00 

8232 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

8233 Hattie Bell s3.:i3 

8234 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

8235 F. P. Jackson 175.00 

8236 D. B. Pmkston 175.00 

8237 Rolwrt Wvnn 40.00 

8238 Fred E. Feimo, C. C. C 1.85 



$3,329.32 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 12, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Minutes of the Trustees of August 5th, 1930 were 
presented and approved. 



Mr. Elliot presented application of Mr. Francis S. 
Whitten, for Oil Lease on lands in Button wood Sound, 
Blackwater Sound, Barnes Sound, Card Sound and in 
Biscay ne Bay South of the line running East from Black- 
point to the Northern end of Sands Key. 

The Trustees agreed to grant Oil Lease to Mr. Whitten 
on the above areas and requested Mr. Elliot and Mr. 
Richardson to work out the acreage and consideration for 
the lease. 

15—1. I. F. 






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Mr. Elliot presented a letter from West Coast Bridge 
and Tunnel Company of St. Petersburg, Florida, request- 
ing that cheek in the amount of $2,500.00, which had been 
forwarded to the Trustees, be returned as they were not 
in position to go through with the transaction at this 
time, bat desired the Trustees to reserve for them the land 
applied for and which the Trustees agreed to sell them 
September 24, 1929. 

After discussion, Mr. Knott moved that the Trustees 
return the check of $2,500.00 and advise West Coast 
Bridge and Tunnel Company that they cannot reserve 
the said land, but that the said Company may renew their 
application at any time and the same will he given con- 
sideration. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and upon vote adopted. 



The Trustees having on August 5th referred to Mr. Elliot 
and Mr. Bayless matters presented by Mr. Thos. H. Horo- 
bin, had up for consideration report on the above propo- 
sition and action was taken as follows: 

1. Request for a refund, or allowing of credit for ex- 
penditures incurred in digging canal on the Park View 
land, the acreage of which was cut down on account of 
interference by the Coast Guard and the Federal Govern- 
ment, was denied, the Trustees taking the position that 
there had been no failure on their part in carrying out the 
contract. 

2. The offer of $500.00 for the State's title to land on 
Biseayne Point which had been filled and bulkhcaded 
was accepted upon condition that Mr. Horobin furnish 
abstract showing proof of title. 

3. The Trustees agreed to issue quit-claim of oil and 
mineral ou land owned by Mr. Horobin on Biscayne Point 
for a consideration of 50 cents an acre. 

4. Offer of $100.00 per acre for land adjacent to Bis- 
cayne Point was refused by the Trustees, but they agreed 
to advertise the land for highest bid and objections pro- 
vided Mr. Horobin would agree to bid not less than $350.00 
per acre on date of sale. Mr. Horobin to furnish the Trus- 
tees with plat showing area desired. 

5. No action was taken on application for permit to 
dredge fill material between Biscayne Point and Normandy 
Isles as this matter had been referred to Mr. Richardson 
for report as to location of material suitable for Mr. 
Horobin 's purpose. 



451 

Mr. Man-in C. Mcintosh, Counsel, stated that at the 
meeting of the Trustees on August 5th, Mr. Ho robin had 
advised that pursuant to agreement with the Trustees he 
had started foreclosure proceedings against Trails Land 
Company but had been notified by attorney for said 
Company that they were taking the matter up with the 
Trustees looking toward settlement. Mr. Mcintosh advises 
that Attorney for Trails Land Company has not communi- 
cated with the Trustees and desires to know if it is 
satisfactory to notify Counsel for Mr. Horobin to proceed 
with foreclosure suit. 

Mr. Amos moved that Mr. Mcintosh be requested to take 
whatever steps are necessary to carry out agreement be- 
tween the Trustees and Mr. Horobin. Seconded and upon 
vote adopted. 



Mr. Bayless of the Land Department presented request 
from Charles S. Douglass for extension of One year on 
payments due. upon condition that Interest and $943.00 
on the principal is paid, leaving a balance of $2,000.00 
due on Entry No. 17,300. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant extension of One year upon receipt of payments 
as above. 



Mr. W, T, Wallis, Jr., and Jas. E. Hawkins requested 
extension of One Year on Two notes in the amount of 
$946.75 each, upon payment of interest due on said notes. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant extension of One year on Entry No. 18038, pro- 
vided interest is paid on both Notes and a payment on 
the principal of $46.75 on each note. 

The Land Department presented request from Bryant 
& Pittman, Attorneys of "West Palm Beach, representing 
San Marco Corporation, purchasers of land under Entry 
No. 17921, for extension of One year on two Notes for 
$372.50 each, provided interest is paid to date. 

The Trustees agreed to grant extension of One year, 
upon payment of Interest and $72.50 on each of the said 
notes. 



Mr. Bayless of the Land Department submitted letter 
from Judge W. E. Walsh of Miami, asking for an engage- 
ment with the Trustees for his client Dr. Adams between 
the 18th and 21st of August. 



452 

The Trustees directed Mr. Bayless to advise Judge 
Walsh that they would be glad to hear Dr. Adams on 
Tuesday, August 19th. 



The Land Department presented application from Wide- 
man and Wideman, of West Palm Beach, for their client 
Francis P. Bolton, to purchase submerged land in Lake 
Worth offering $100.00 per acre Jk>t same. 

Upon motion of Mr. Mayo, seconded and adopted, the 
matter was held over for a full board meeting. 



Mr. Bay less reported that the Trustees hold $3,187.23 
mortgage on land in Broward County on which Mr. Jas. 
H. Bright has purchased State and County tax deed and 
Mr. Bright has advised that he has made improvements 
on the land and does not care to dispose of his tax deed. 

The Trustees directed that Mr. Bayless ascertain from 
Mr. Bright the extent of his improvements and at what 
price he will sell his equity in the land. In the event he 
does not care to sell, the Trustees will foreclose mortgage. 



Mr. Bayless reported with reference to objection filed 
by Gem-Kay Development Corporation to the kale of cer- 
tain submerged land in Indian River, advertised to be sold 
July 29th. Mr. Bayless stated that Gem-Kay Development 
Corporation claimed title to all lands in the B^ of Sec- 
tion 24, Township 32 South, Range 39 East, east of In- 
dian River; that the records in the Land Office disclose 
that this land was selected by the State and patented to 
the State by the United States Government ; that sale was 
made to Florida Coast Line Canal and Transportation 
Company of approximately 60 acres, which takes in the 
El/, of Section 24, Township 32, Range 39 and that Gem- 
Kay Development Corporation is successor iu title thereto. 

In view of the foregoing report, the Trustees, upon mo- 
tion, seconded and adopted, agreed to sustain the objec- 
tions of Gem-Kay Development Corporation and decline to 
sell the land. 



The Land Office presented letter from H. D. Stuart, ap- 
plicant to purchase land in the Lake Port section, reqxiest- 
ing that the Trustees refund $661.79 deposited as first pay- 
ment on land, stating that he wants to purchase the land 
as soon as surveyed and will send up the money when deed 
is ready. 



453 

After discussion, the Trustees agreed that survey should 
be made and a pro rata share of the cost charged to each 
purchaser. The Land Office was directed to so advise all 
parties having deposits with the Trustees and ascertain if 
they desire to carry out the purchase or have the money 
refunded and vacate the land. 



Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that the Capital City 
Sand and Gravel Company had advised that check was in 
the mail to close up account with the Trustees. 



Mr. Mcintosh reported that in the case of Asa E. Maige 
sand lease, the Surety Company was ready to make pay- 
ment of amounts due under the lease and suggested that a 
resolution be adopted cancelling the lease and releasing 
the Surety Company from further obligation. Whereupon, 
the following resolution was adopted: 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund 
on the 21st day of May, A. D. 1928, did grant and sell to 
Asa E. Maige of the County of Leon, State of Florida, the 
right, leave, license and permit to dredge and take sand 
for commercial purposes from a certain locality in Och- 
locknee River adjacent and next to Lots 1 and 3 in Sec- 
tion 23, Township 1 North, Range 2 West, and the said 
Trustees did on July 24th, A. D. 1928, execute their lease 
and permit to the said Asa E. Maige for dredging and 
taking sand in said locality ; and 

WHEREAS, the above grant and sale of sand to the 
said Asa E. Maige and the said lease and permit from the 
Trustees to said Asa E. Maige provided for the payment 
by the said Asa E. Maige to the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund the sum of FIVE CENTS (5c) per 
cubic yard for all sand taken by him from said territory, 
accountings and payments to be made at the end of each 
calendar month, and it being specifically provided that the 
said Asa E. Maige should pay to the said Trustees the sum 
of FIFTEEN DOLLARS ($15.00) each month whether 
that amount of sand should be taken or not ; and 

WHEREAS, the said lease and permit provides that the 
same shall run for a period of Five (5) years from the 1st 
day of June, A. D. 1928, but special provision is contained 
in paragraph 7 of said lease and permit, that should the 



454 

lessee fail to live up to and carry out any of the terms and 
conditions of the lease and permit, that then and in that 
event the Trustees shall have the right to cancel the same 
and to stop the further taking of sand thereunder ; and 

WHEREAS, the said Asa E. Maige has continued opera- 
tions and the taking of sand at the said locality and has 
failed for many months to account to and pay over to the 
Trustees the amount due by him to said Trustees under 
said lease and permit, and has failed particularly to ac- 
count to and pay the Trustees for the months of August, 
1928, and January, August, September, October, November 
and December, 1929, and January, February, March, 
April, May and June, 1930, and is now due the Trustees 
under the said lease and permit the minimum amount of 
$15.00 per month for said months, making an aggregate 
amount of $195.00 now due and payable by him to the Trus- 
tees, and the said Asa E. Maige continues to negleet and fail 
to make said payments, notwithstanding man£ requests for 
payment from the Trustees or their agents; and 

WHEREAS, the said lease aim permit is secured by a 
bond under date of May 21st, 1928, from the said Asa E. 
Maige, as Principal, and the Maryland Casualty Company, 
as Surety; and 

WHEREAS, the Maryland Casualty Company through 
its agent, Mr. Charles H. Vogts of 510 Blount Building, 
Pensacola, Florida, has agreed to reimburse the Trustees 
Internal Improvement Fund in the above sum of $195.00 
now due by the said Asa E, Maige, to the said Trustees, on 
the condition that the said Trustees cancel the said lease 
and permit ahd release the said Maryland Casualty Com- 
pany from further obligation under said bond ; now, there- 
fore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the said above lease and per- 
mit from the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
of the State of Florida to Asa E. Maige of the County of 
Leon, State of Florida, in consideration of the premises 
and under authority of the terms and provisions of said 
lease, be and the same is hereby concelled as of this date, 
and the Secretary is directed to so advise the said Asa 
E. Maige. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That upon payment of 
the said amount of $195.00 to the Trustees Internal Im- 
provement Fund by the Maryland Casualty Company that 
the said Maryland Casualty Company be released from all 



fc 455 

liability and obligation under said bond, and that the Gov- 
ernor or a majority of the Trustees be authorized to execute 
such a release to the said Maryland Casualty Company and 
subrogate said Maryland Casualty Company in and to all 
rights, claims, actions, etc, that they have or might have 
against said Asa E. Maige arising out of the said lease and 
permit. 



The following Release and Subrogation was ordered exe- 
cuted and delivered to Maryland Casualty Company upon 
receipt of $195.00: 

RELEASE AND SUBROGATION 

BE IT KNOWN that on this 12th day of August, A. D. 
1930, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of 
the State of Florida, and the State of Florida, for and 
in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED NINETY- 
FIVE & NO/100 DOLLARS ($195.00) cash this day paid 
it, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged in full from 
the Maryland Casualty Company, hereby agree to release 
and do release and discharge the said Maryland Casualty 
Company from any and all liability that said Maryland 
Casualty Company has or may have by virtue of its certain 
indemnity bond of date May 21st, 1928, with the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida 
as Obligee, and Asa E. Maige of the County of Leon, State 
of Florida, as Principal therein. 

BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that for and in considera- 
tion of the sum of One Hundred Ninety-five and No/100 
Dollars ($195.00) paid to the said Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, as above de- 
scribed, satd Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund 
of the State of Florida hereby agree to subrogate and do 
subrogate said Maryland Casualty Company in and to all 
rights, claims, actions, etc., that they have or might have 
against said Asa E. Maige arising out of the said contract, 
lease and permit entered into by the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, and Asa 
E. Maige, on the 24th day of July, A. D. 1928, whereby 
the said Asa E. Maige acquired lease for a certain con- 
sideration to mine, dredge and remove sand from the waters 
and bottoms of Ockloeknee River, adjacent and next to 
Lots 1 and 3, in Section 23, Township 1 North, Range 2 



456 

West, in Leon Cottntv, State of Florida, up to the sum of 
One Hundred Ninety-five and No/100 Dollars ($195,00). 

DOYLE E. CAELTON, 

Governor. 
ERNEST AMOS, 

Comptroller. 
W. V. KNOTT, 

Treasurer. 
FRED H. DAVIS, 

Attorney General. 
NATHAN MAYO, 

Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture. 
As and constituting the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund of the 
State of Florida. 
STATE OF FLORIDA, 1 

COUNTY OF LEON. J 

Before me, the undersigned authority, personally came 
and appeared Doyle E. Carlton, Governor of the State of 
Florida ; Ernest Amos, Comptroller of said State ; W. V. 
Knott, Treasurer of said State ; Fred H. Davis, Attorney 
General of said State ; and Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of 
Agriculture of said State, as and constituting the Trustees 
of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, 
who being well known to me and known to be the persons 
therein described, acknowledged that they executed and 
signed the above and foregoing release and subrogation for 
the reasons and purposes therein contained, and that as 
.such officers they are authorized so to do. 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of 
August, A. D. 1930. 

M. 0. BARCO, 
Notary Public, State of Florida at Large. 
My commission expires July 10, 1933. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla $ 1.39 

Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla 39 

Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, Fla. 4.25 



457 

H. & W. B. Drew Co.. Jacksonville, Fla $ .40 

T. J. Appleyard, Inc., Tallahassee, Fla 9.00 

Tallahassee Office Supply Co., Tallahassee, Pla 1.00 



$16.43 



Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. ' 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 19, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

\V. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of August 12th, were presented 
and approved. 



Mr. Paul H. Brinson, Attorney of St. Petersburg and 
Mr. Webb, Mayor of the town of Gulfport, came before 
the Trustees and made application to purchase certain 
submerged land adjacent to other city property for the 
town of Gulfport, to be used for public purposes only. 

After discussion, and upon motion duly adopted, the 
Trustees agreed to sell the said land to the town of Gulf- 
port for a consideration of $10.00 per acre, plus cost of 
advertising, upon advertisement as required by law, the 
land to be deeded to the City for public purposes only. 
The proposition was accepted by Messrs. Brinson and 
Webb for the town of Gulfport. and the following adver- 
tisement was ordered placed in the Clearwater Sun & 
Herald : 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, August 19, 1930. 
Notice is hereby given that the Trustees of the 
Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Flor- 



458 

ida will hold a meeting at 10 o'CIock A. M., Tues- 
day, September 23rd, A. IX 1930, at Tallahassee, 
to consider the sale of the following described 
submerged lands in PINELLAS County, Florida : 
Beginning at a point where the West line of 
Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 16 East, 
intersects the Government Meander Line of Boca 
Ceiga Bay in Section 33, Township 31 South, 
Range 16 East, the same being 3,861.0 feet South 
of the Northwest corner of said Section 33 j 
Thence South 595 feet ; 

Thence South 30 degrees 45' East 465.45 feet ; 
Thence South 79 degrees 43' East 274,41 feet ; 
Thence North 20 degrees 25' 30" East 873.95 
feet; 

Thence South 60 degrees 03' East 230.81 feet; 
Thence North 68 degrees 58' East 391.06 feet; 
Thence East 120 feet to the South east corner 
of Water Lot No. 6; 

Thence North 80 degrees 47' 16" East 256.10 
feet; 

Thence North 00 degrees 32' East 285.56 feet 
to the Government Meander Line; 

Thence West 20 feet on and along the Govern- 
ment Meander Line ; 

Thence South 00 degrees 32' West to the South- 
east corner of Block "I" of Boca Ceiga Park Sub- 
division ; 

Thence West in a straight line a total distance 
of 918.6 feet as follows; 

First, 353.6 feet along the South boundarv of 
Block "I", then 100 feet across Davis Boulevard, 
then 205 feet along the South boundary of Block 
"J", then 60 feet across Sunset Avenue; then 
200 feet along the South boundary of Block "K" 
to the Southwest corner of Block " K " ; thence 
North 7,863 feet to the Government Meander 
Line ; thence on and along the Government Mean- 
der Line in a Westerly course to the point of 
beginning, excepting and excluding Water Lots 
Nos. Four (4), Five (5), and Six (6), as shown 
on this plat. Said property containing, after the 
above exceptions, 19.85 acres, more or less; all 
lying and being in Section 33. Township 31 South, 



459 

Range 16 East, County of Pinellas, State of Flor- 
ida. 

This Notice is published in compliance with 
Seetion 1062 of the Revised General Statutes of 
: Florida, that any person or persons who may have 
objections to the said sale may have an opportun- 
ity of presenting same on date of sale as therein 
prescribed. 

By Order of the Trustees of the Internal Im- 
provement Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Mr. W. Terry Gibson, Attorney for Lake Worth Inlet 
District, and Capt. A. S. Anderson, Chairman of the Board 
of Inle£ Commissioners, came before the Trustees relative 
to proposition submitted by Mr. Gibson on August 5th. 
Mr. Anderson requested the Trustees to deed out-right 
a certain strip of approximately Three (3) acres adjoining 
the Channel on the East side, South of the cut, omitting 
the reservation "for public purposes", as improvements 
contemplated by the Commissioners might not be con- 
sidered for public purposes. 

Upon consideration, Mr. Mayo moved that the Trustees 
sell the said strip of approximately three acres, adjacent 
to the channel to Lake Worth Inlet Commissioners for a 
consideration of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) 
per acre. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Capt. A. S. Anderson, representing Lake Worth Inlet 
Commissioners, brought up the question of possible sale of 
eertain portions of land to be deeded to the Inlet Commis- 
sioners at a price of $10.00 per acre, passed on by the 
Trustees August 5th, and stated that the Commissioners 
would like to be in position to make sale of this land if 
necessary and have it agreed with the Trustees to divide 
the net proceeds of sale. 

No action was taken on this subject, the Trustees decid- 
ing that this question could be settled in the event of sale. 



Capt. A. S. Anderson also presented a proposition to 
purchase from the Trustees a certain area in Lake Worth 



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to be developed into a yacht basin of about 500 x 1,000 feet, 
for the convenience of pleasure boats coming to West Palm 
Beach and Palm Beach, and also for an easement for con- 
trol purposes of an area around the yacht basin, which ad- 
ditional area would contain about 30 or 35 acres; the said 
land to be deeded to the Lake Worth Tnlet Commissioners 
under certain conditions. Mr. Anderson advised that they 
had resolutions from the City Commission of West Palm 
Beach and Chamber of Commerce, approving and endors- 
ing the project. 

Mr, Mayo moved that the matter be held over until the 
return of the two absent members, and in the meantime 
Capt, Anderson and Mr. Gibson furnish the Trustees with 
resolutions from the different civic organizations and 
women's clubs of the two towns in order that the Trustees 
may have the information before them when the proposi- 
tion is considered. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 
Maps and plats, together with resolutions presented were 
filed with the Land Department. 



The Land Department presented letter from A. B. and 
C. C. Small, attorneys for Dade County, requesting release 
of oil and mineral reservations on land on which 79th 
Street causeway is located. 

The Trustees agreed to release the oil and mineral rights 
as above to Dade County without cost. Deed was ordered 
executed to the Board of County Commissioners of Dade 
County. 



Mr. Elliot submitted telegram from Messrs. Robert G. 
Holgate and Vernon Price-Williams, requesting extension 
on quarterly payment due July 14, 1930, on oil lease to 
Pelican Oil Land Company. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the extension be granted until 
September 1st, 1930. Motion seconded and adopted. 



Mr. Elliot presented offer from Paddock & Motter, Inc., 
of West Palm Beach, to purchase 35 acres of land in Sec- 
tion 36, Township 43 South, Range 42 East, Palm Beach 
County, Certificates Nos. 3632 and 3633, sale of July 4, 
1927, being held by the Trustees for non-payment of Ever- 
glades Drainage District taxes. 

The matter was held in abeyance pending report from 
Mr. Elliot as to the location and value of the said laud ; 



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the amount bid — $280.72 — covering only the actual taxes, 
penalties and costs. 



Mr. Elliot presented request from L. E. Heisler, right-of- 
way agent for Palm Beach County, for permission for the 
United States Engineers to deposit on State land spoil 
material dredged from Florida East Coast Canal, 

The Trustees directed that permit be issued as requested, 
upon being approved by Mr. Elliot. 

Mr. Elliot submitted letter from Mr. Morey Dunn, ex- 
plaining why a certain stenographer was employed to take 
testimony in a land hearing held at West Palm Beach. 
The Trustees directed that the letter be acknowledged and 
filed. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter addressed to Governor Carl- 
ton from Mr. Thoa. J. Peters of Miami, requesting the 
Trustees to rent State land to farmers in the Everglades 
for a nominal rental of say twenty-five cents per acre per 
season. Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the matter 
was referred to Mr. Richardson. 



Mr. Bayless reported that land in Palm Beach County 
included in exchange with Southern Sugar Company was 
conveyed to the Trustees in August, 1928, by the said 
company, and in 1929 the land was assessed for two year's 
taxes, 1928 taxes having been omitted. Mr. Bayless re- 
quested to be advised if the Trustees desired Counsel to file 
claim with the Receiver of Southern Sugar Company for 
the amount of 1928 taxes. 

After discussion, it was decided that Mr. Mcintosh, 
Counsel, take the matter up with Mr. J. L. Doggett, At- 
torney for Southern Sugar Company, with a view to col- 
lecting the taxes and upon failure claim to be filed with the 
Receiver, 



Mr. Bayless advised that letter had been received from 
Mr. Thos. H. Horobin of Miami, requesting the Trustees 
to reconsider his application for credit on his Park View 
property, and, if allowed, he desired the credit, applied on 
rental of land around Lake Okeechobee, 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees de- 
clined to reconsider granting credit and directed that the 



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rental of lake bottom land be referred to Mr. Richardson 
to be taken up with Mr. Horobin. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees ad- 
journed. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller— Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 26, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. George and Mr. Moore, representing Lake Jackson 
Sand Company of Tallahassee, Florida, appeared before 
the Trustees relative securing sand lease in Ochlocknee 
River. 

Upon a discussion of the proposed lease it was agreed 
that, because of the limited operations of the above Com- 
pany a minimum monthly Royalty of $10.00 be charged, 
with additional payment of 5 eents per cubic yard for 
all sand taken in excess of $10.00 value at the 5 eents rate. 
Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, was instructed to prepare 
lease upon being furnished with information relative loca- 
tion from which sand would be taken, proper bond to be 
furnished by applicants. 



Judge Walsh of Miami, together with his client Dr. 
Joseph II. Adams and Engineer Thomas, appeared before 
the Board in reference to purchasing submerged lands 
in Biseayne Bay. Judge Walsh explained 'that Dr. Adams 
was now the owner of a certain tract in Biseayne Bay, 
Section 9, Township 53 South, Bange 42 East, recently 
purchased by Mr. F. C. B. LeGro from the Trustees; that 
Dr. Adams wished to purchase an additional tract of ap- 
proximately 50 acres adjoining for the purpose of erecting 
a solarium or sun ray institution. 

Dr. Adams set forth in detail the use to which the lands, 



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when filled would be put; that there would be erected 
substantial and attractive buildings which would be an 
asset to that locality as well as serving as a health institu- 
tion. He suggested that aceount of the philanthropic pur- 
pose the Trustees might feel justified in naming a price 
that might not be justified were it a matter of private 
gain. A price of $50.00 was suggested as being the maxi- 
mum which Dr. Adams would pay for the tract. 

Mr. Amos inquired if a quit claim deed from the Trus- 
tees would be satisfactory, to which Dr. Adams replied 
that he desired all the coverage possible; that since he 
anticipated an expenditure of not less than a million 
dollars during the first year, he would not be justified in 
making such expenditure except on condition that a satis- 
factory title might be secured, and desired warranty deed. 

Mr. Davis suggested that a clause be inserted in deed, 
in case of sale, that the land so sold be used only for 
the purposes of the solarium, all as set forth by Dr. Adams 
which was agreed to by the applicaut. 

After a discussion it was agreed to take the matter 
under advisement and defer action for a full meeting of 
the Board, the Trustees to make a reservation in favor of 
Dr. Adams in order that land would not be sold to others. 
Special Counsel of the -Trustees was directed to investigate 
the validity of the rights of the Trustees to the land in 
question, and report Ms findings. 

Dr. Adams suggested that he appear again before the 
Trustees on September 8th, at which time a full member- 
ship of the Board was expected to be present. Which met 
with the Board's approval. 



The Secretary presented request from Mr. Vernon Price- 
Williams of Miami for addition of clause to an oil lease 
in his favor, dated July 30th, 1929, said clause being as 
follows : 

''It is understood and agreed that Lessee has 
the right to use sesmograph, torsion balance and 
other methods for testing for oil, gas or sulphur. 

It is understood and agreed that Lessee shall 
have the right to mine and produce sulpher and 
the royalty shall be fifty cents per ton for all sul- 
pher mined and produced". 

Which was agreed to by the Trustees. 



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Also, Mr. Price-Williams requested that the Trustees 
extend time of payment on above lease until October 1st, 
which was agreed to, but is to be considered as final ex- 
tension. 



Mr. T. G. Putch of Leesburg. Florida, appeared before 
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund on behalf 
of his client, the Lake Griffin Pulp and Paper Corporation, 
relative a certain proposed saw grass lease on State lands, 
consummation of which lease had been pending since Feb- 
ruary 23, 1930. 

A discussion was had of certain changes and additions 
desired by the corporation to the form that had been pre- 
viously prepared. Mr. Futch stated that he had discussed 
these changes with Mr. Elliot and both were in agreement 
as to certain modifications which he wished to present to 
the Trustees for their consideration. To the draft of lease 
as previously prepared the Company desired a clause 
added making the same exclusive for a period of three 
years, and, conditioned upon the Company carrying out 
all of the things provided to be done by them as set forth 
in the lease, an additional period of seven years was to be 
granted. The seven years additional period to be condi- 
tioned specifically upon the erection of a mill or mills of 
not less than fifty ton daily pulp capacity and a continu- 
ous operation of such mill or mills. Also, that in the event 
of sale of any land subject to the lease under selection ap- 
proved by the Trustees, that such sale be .subject to the 
lease in order that the lessee might be protected in the 
securing of saw grass from any areas which may be sohi. 

Upon a discussion of the suggested modifications, the 
Trustees agreed to redraft the lease to embody the same. 

Mr. Elliot stated, that in accordance witli instruction 
from the Trustees at a previous meeting, he had written 
the Servicised Laboratories of Chicago, objectors to issu- 
ance of above lease, requesting information as to proposed 
operations by their company, but that he had received no 
reply to his letter; that no specific objections had ever been 
raised to the issuance of the lease by the above company, 
but that such objections had been presented iu a general 
and vague way. 

Mr. Davis moved the conditions of lease to Lake Griffin 
Pulp and Paper Corporation as discussed be tentatively 
agreed upon, subjeet to approval of Governor Carlton and 



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Mr. Knott, who were not present. Seconded by Mr. Amos 
and agreed to by Mr. Mayo. Mr. Futch stated he had the 
day before taken up with Mr. Knott the conditions of the 
proposed lease, and Mr. Knott expressed himself in agree- 
ment with such conditions, provided they met with the ap- 
proval of the other members. 

The Trustees directed that following the usual practice, 
the lease be drawn and forwarded to Lake Griffin Pulp 
and Paper Corporation for execution in duplicate and for 
furnishing bond ; that the lease when executed by the Cor- 
poration, together with bond, be returned to the Trustees 
for final acceptance and execution by them. 

Upon motion duly seconded, the Trustees adjourned for 
lunch, business to be resumed at 3 :00 P. M. 



AFTERNOON SESSION 

The Secretary presented a letter from Mr. Fred E. 
Fenno, Clerk of Circuit Court, Palm Beach County, rela- 
tive to status of lands held under Everglades Drainage 
District tax certificates by the Trustees, and the policy to 
be followed where State and County tax certificates were 
held by an individual and such individual desired to also 
purchase Everglades Drainage District tax certificates cov- 
ering the same lands. 

A discussion was had as to relative values of tax certifi- 
cates and to what extent they should be recognized as a 
claim against lands, title to which had vested in the Trus- 
tees account of non-payment of Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict taxes. 

Mr. Davis moved that the Trustees recognize State and 
County tax certificates, and that holder of such certificates 
be entitled to cancellation of Everglades Drainage District 
tax certificates upon payment of all costs accruing thereon. 
Seconded by Mr. Amos and unanimously adopted. Mr. 
Mcintosh, Counsel for Trustees, was instructed to prepare 
a RESOLUTION covering the above, copy to be forwarded 
to each Tax Collector of counties having lands within 
Everglades Drainage District. 



Mr. Elliot presented application of Paddock and Motter 
of West Palm Beach to purchase from the Trustees ap- 
proximately 3o acres held under tax certificates, said lands 
being in Section 36. Township 43 South. Range 42 East. 



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A price of $280.72 was offered, being amount necessary for 
redemption of Everglades Drainage District tax certifi- 
cates. Mr. Elliot explained that account of the location 
of the above lands, they were many times more valuable 
than the price offered, and reeommended that the bid be 
not accepted. A discussion followed, whereupon it was 
moved by Mr. Davis that the lauds be not sold to Paddock 
and Motter for the price offered, but that they be adver- 
tised for sale to the highest bidder. Seconded and adopted. 
Ifr. Elliot was instructed to prepare advertisement and 
have it inserted in a newspaper, all in accordance with the 
practice of the Trustees under similar conditions. 



Requests from C. S. Moore and L. I. Maloy, both of 
Pahokce, Florida, were presented, asking that Trustees 
sign waivers releasing their crops from mortgage in order 
that these parties might secure a loan from the Federal 
Government. Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent for Trus- 
tees, stated that on former occasions when the Trustees 
had so released crops and permitted first claim to be as- 
signed to the Federal Government, the Trustees had been 
unable to collect anything whatever as rental on their 
lands, and it would, therefore, appear as unfair to the 
Trustees to further permit this practice to continue. Upon 
a discussion of the matter, Mr, Davis moved that no more 
waivers be signed by the Trustees because the Trustees 
through this procedure receive no revenue from leased' 
lands. Seconded and unanimously adopted. 



The Secretary presented a letter from Waldo E. Sexton 
and C. D. S. Clarkson on behalf of F. S. Ruth, New 
York City, making application to purchase the following 
lands in or bordering Indian River, being in Section 35, 
Township 31 South, Range 39 East: 

Tracts 24, 25, 26 and 27 as shown on blue print 
forwarded by them, and Lots 6 and 7, totaling 
approximately 471.97 Aeres. 1 ^ 

Offer was made of $25.00 per acre, being price paid 
formerly by Mr. Ruth for similar lands, one-fourth cash 
balance in 1, 2 and 3 years, with interest at 6%. 

Mr. Elliot stated that he had written to the above parties 
inquiring as to owner of land adjacent to tract 24. That 
the State had filed swamp land selections recently cover- 
ing Lots 6 and 7, but that until patent shall have been 



467 

issued to the Trustees by the Federal Government the Trus- 
tees cannot issue deed to cover. That inquiry was made 
if Mr. Ruth would care to enter into a contract to purchase 
if and when fee simple title vests in the Trustees. Mr. 
Elliot further stated that he had received reply to his 
letter stating Mr. Ruth was the upland owner of all tracts 
for which application had been made to purchase and 
that he would be glad to consider entering into contract 
for purchasing Lots 6 and 7 when patent shall have been 
issued thereto. 

After a discussion it was agreed that Tracts 24, 25, 26 
and 27 should be advertised for objections; that the Trus- 
tees would enter into contract for the sale of Lots 6 and 7 
upon payment of one-fourth cash, deed to be prepared 
upon issuing of Patent by the Federal Government. In 
case Patent is not issued, deposit made on Lots 6 and 7 
to be returned to Mr. Ruth. Mr. Elliot was instructed 
to advise Mr. Sexton and Mr. Clarkson of the Trustees' 
action in the premises. 



Letter from Mr. R. G. Johnson of Pahokee, Florida, 
was presented relative certain land transactions had by 
himself and Mr. G. W. Bingham with the Trustees. Mr, 
Johnson desired to make an adjustment in order to clear 
up to some extent the existing indebtedness to the Trustees. 
Mr. Davis moved that the matter be deferred for final 
action pending a full Board meeting, which was agreed to. 



Letter of August 22nd from Mr. Francis S. Whitten, 
President, Islands Incorporated, Miami, was presented, 
relative purchase of Islands 2 and 3 in Lake Worth, the 
same to apply on credit of Mr. Whit ten with the Trustees. 
It was decided that the matter should be taken up when 
full membership was present, and action was deferred 
until such time. 



Letter of August 11th from Mr, Francis S. Whitten of 
Miami was presented in which request was made for ex- 
tension of boundaries of lease in connection with Key 
West locality, such extension to be to approximately the 
12 foot contour around the Keys. Mr. Whitten stated he 
desired to sink his first well in or near Key West. A 
discussion followed, it being expressed that such a lease 
would probably lead to serious objections from residents 



468 

of the Keys. Mr. Davis movpd that extension of bounda- 
rits of lease be not granted. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
agreed to by Mr. Amos. 

Mr. Richardson presented letter from Mr. N. R, Boniske 
of General Industries, Incorporated, relative extension of 
time in taking up oil and gas lease on a certain tract of 
approximately 20.000 acres formerly selected by him. It 
appears to have been Mr. Boniske 's understanding that 
he had three months in which to execute lease on the 
above, which three months would expire September 1st, 

1930. Mr. Mayo moved that an extension of 30 days, or 
until October 1st, be granted Mr. Boniske for executing 
the above lease, which was seconded and adopted. 

Mr. Elliot presented request from Mr. L. J. Ullian, of 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for extension of time in which 
to make payment on his oil and gas lease. An agreement 
bad been entered into between the Trustees and Mr. Ullian 
that on November 1st the first payment of approximately 
$6,000.00 would be made for the lease of approximately 
25,000 acres for oil and gas purposes. Mr. Ullian 
requested extension of time of payment until March 1st, 

1931. Mr. Elliot stated that Mr. Ullian had made no pay- 
ment whatsoever to date on lease. Upon a discussion, it 
was agreed that extension would be made until March 1st 
for payment of one- ha If of the amount agreed upon, but 
condit toned upon payment of the other half on November 
1st. Mr. Elliot was instructed to so advise Mr. Ullian. 

I'pon motion by Mr. Mayo, duly seconded, the Trustees 
adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, August 29, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 
Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



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Mr. R, G. Johnson of Paliokee, Florida, appeared before 
the Trustees in reference to certain land transactions in 
the Everglades in which he was interested. Mr. Johnson 
requested the Trustees to permit him to deed back to them 
3,840 acres of land in Township 53 South, Range 37 East, 
for which he had made partial payment amounting to 
$20,000.00, Mr. Johnson agreeing to pay all taxes on the 
lands down to date of reconveyance, and that the Trustees 
permit him to apply the $20,000 as payment against other 
lands which he had purchased. 

After discussion of the subject the Trustees were of the 
opinion that since there are a large number of land pur- 
chases for which they hold mortgages now delinquent in 
payment of part principal and interest, that they should 
ascertain whether or not they would be able to carry out 
the same kind of arrangements with any and all others 
similarly situated who might make application to the Trus- 
tees for so doing. If such could be carried out, the Trus- 
tees were of the opinion that the conditions should be sub- 
stantially as follows: 

FIRST: That on the land to be reconveyed to the 
Trustees on which credit is to be allowed, the person in 
whose name the same was purchased, or the present holder, 
should pay up all back taxes and liens of every description 
against land bo to be reconveyed; that such payment of 
taxes should not be out of the sum paid to the Trustees on 
account of the purchase. 

SECOND: That all lands to which such credit is to be 
applied shall be lands heretofore purchased by the same 
party from the Trustees ; that upon such land the holder 
shall pay up to date all back taxes of every nature whatso- 
ever; that when such shall have been done, the Trustees 
will apply the credit in the following order: 

(a) To the payment of all interest on principal and in- 
terest on interest to date. 

(b) Any residue remaining after the above to be ap- 
plied to the payment of principal. 

In the event the payment of interest and principal does 
not absorb all of the credit due, the Trustees will in no 
case make refund in cash, but will either, first • accept only 
so much land to be redeeded as may be necessary to clear 
the account of other lands, or second: permit party to the 
tranaction to select other lands at prices agreed upon till 
such surplus is absorbed : that the price at which the lands 



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were sold shall prevail in all arrangements entered into 
as above. 

The Trustees directed that all cases be investigated and 
a report submitted to them in reference to what could be 
done along the general line above described. 

Upon motion, duly seconded, the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor-Chairman. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
August 30, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 
Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Messrs. C. E. Harris and F. P. Lyons, of Tampa, Florida, 
appeared before the Trustees relative securing lands for 
oil and gas purposes in Old Tampa Bay. 

Mr. Lyons stated that they were now drilling a well 
in that locality that gave promise of developing oil and 
submitted samples as evidence of their findings. He stated 
that Mr. Harris owned lands in Section 29, Township 29 
South, Range 18 East, having a frontage on Tampa Bay 
of approximately 1,000 feet ; that it was their desire to 
purchase at a nominal sum a considerable area in the bay 
in order that their oil rights might be secured thereto. 

Upon a discussion of the subject the Trustees agreed 
as follows: 

To grant an option at the rate of $1.00 per acre for a 
term of one year on the lands, or shallow bottoms, front- 
ing Mr. Harris' holdings out to the 3 foot contour, that 
should Mr. Harris desire to purchase the bottoms within 
the option period, a price of $100.00 per acre would be 
made, one-fourth cash, balance in one, two and three 
years, with interest at 6%; That an oil lease would be 
granted at the rate of 5 cents per acre per annum on the 



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bay bottoms to the 10 foot contour over an area extending 
from the corners of the tract under option, in all directions 
not interfering with rights of other land owners. 

The Trustees explained to Mr. Harris and Mr. Lyons 
that option as above is granted because of the existence 
of a well already drilled by them and because of their 
intention to actively proceed with the location of oil; that 
the Trustees feel it is justified to encourage the finding 
of oil in Florida. 

Mr. Elliot was instructed to confer with Mr. Harris 
and Mr. Lyons relative location and extent of boundaries 
covering the above option and lease, and make any arrange- 
ments necessary for the consummation of the transaction. 

Upon motion duly seconded, the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chai man . 



ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
September 3rd, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of Trustees meetings of August 26th, 29th and 
30th were presented by the Secretary, and upon motion 
of the Governor, approved. 



The Secretary presented letter from Whitfield, Beckett, 
Wright & Whitfield, Attorneys of Orlando. Florida, in 
which it was set forth that a client of theirs desired to 
secure a lease for the purpose of prospecting for min- 
erals on State lands, and requesting information as to 
procedure in the premises. Information was also requested 
as to amount per ton required to be paid to the Trustees 
for minerals that might be found and removed. 

Upon a discussion of the matter, it was suggested that 
the values of minerals be investigated and some definite 
policy adopted by the Trustees as to prices therefor, which 



472 

prices would vary according to the value of the minerals 
mined. Mr. Elliot was directed to prepare a report to be 
submitted to the Trustees on this subject and to advise 
Messrs. Whitfield, Beckett. Wright and Whitfield that 
action was withheld pending such report. 



The Secretary presented application of Fred T. Sumner 
of St. Petersburg for oil and gas lease on 100.000 acres of 
Gulf shore bottoms north of Hog Island, for which he 
offered 1 cent per acre per annum. 

Aecount of the great size of the tract desired and the 
small price offered therefor, the Trustees declined to grant 
the lease and the Secretary was instructed to so advise Mr. 
Sumner. 



The Secretary presented application from Judge Rivers 
II. Buford oil behalf of Suwannee Petroleum Corporation 
of Levy County, Florida, for oil and gas lease on an area 
described in his letter of September 1st, extending north- 
ward, southward and eastward along the shore line from 
Cedar Keys, containing approximately 62,000 acres. 

A discussion followed in which it was stated that Suwan- 
nee Petroleum Corporation is at the present time drilling 
an oil well in the Cedar Keys locality; that account of 
such well being in process of active development at this 
time, the lease he granted under the usual conditions and 
subject to the price per acre heretofore paid for similar 
lands ; that the existing well be accepted as one of the wells 
required to be drilled under the standard form of lease. 

Mr. Elliot was instructed to prepare oil and gas lease 
for approVal and execution by the Trustees. 



Secretary Elliot presented application of John Watson 
for oil and gas lease on a certain tract of submerged lands 
in Tampa Bay. It was stated that the price of lease on 
lands of this character has been heretofore at the rate of 
5 cents per acre per annum. 

Upon discussion, it was deemed advisable to withhold 
issuing additional oil and gas leases on Tampa Bay Bot- 
toms until further action by the Trustees. 



Special Counsel for the Trustees presented opinion rela- 
tive authority of the Trustees to sell certain types of land, 
which opinion was accepted by the Trustees and ordered 
filed. 



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The above opinion was requested account of application 
of Judge W. E. Walsh on behalf of his client Dr. Joseph 
II, Adams, both of Miami, to purchase a certain submerged 
traet of land in Biscayne Bay. 

Mr. Elliot was instructed to transmit to Judge Walsh 
copy of Mr. Mcintosh's opinion with suggestion that his 
client have investigation made as to character of the land 
in question and submit to the Trustees proper proof on 
which sale might be based. 



Mr, Bay less of the Land Department presented letter 
from Mr. R. D. Robinson relative Trustees Entries Num- 
bers 18041 and 18043 in which request was made for 
extension of one year on said entries. Mr. Bayless stated 
that Mr, Robinson had made payment of interest in the 
amount of $105.12, which is payment of interest for one 
year. 

Extension of time was granted as requested. 



The Trustees instructed the Land Department to ascer- 
tain from Mr, James H. Bright the total amount of im- 
provements put on tract 17, Section 30, in Township 50 
South, Range 41 East, Mr. Bright reported that the 
improvements would amount to approximately $525.00, 
but in addition to this he had received a tax deed covering 
State and County taxes which cost $165.07 and tax deed 
covering Napolean B. Broward Drainage District taxes in 
the neighborhood of $100.00. Also tax deed covering Ever- 
glades Drainage District taxes whieh cost him $269.00. 
If the Trustees were willing to refund to Mr. Bright 
the amounts paid out, he would be willing to relinquish 
his rights. The Trustees after considering the matter, 
decided to hold the same in abeyance and let the mortgage 
which they hold against the said lands remain in force. 

The Trustees also authorized the cancellation of Trustees 
Check No, 8186 in the amount of $165.07 which was issued 
on June 18th to redeem certificate No. 185 covering state 
and county taxes on the above tract, as tax deed had been 
issued before check was received by Clerk of the Circuit 
Court of Browara Countv. 



The Trustees authorized the payment of South Hastings 
Drainage District taxes on Trustees lands in the amount 
of $74.11, covering the years 192o and 1929 on the NE14 



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of the NEV4 of Section 20, Township 11 South, Range 
28 East, Flagler County, Florida. 



Financial Statement for the month of August was pre- 
sented and ordered placed of record: 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR AUGUST 1930 

Balance in fund August 1, 1930 .$ 52,808.71 
From land sales under Chapter 
9131 Acts of 1923 and Chapter 

10024, Acts of 1925 3,175.34 

From various land sales 10,138.48 

Receipts on account of Oil Leases. 4,486.38 

From sale of sand and gravel . , 470.80 
Receipts on account of Mussel 

shell lease M5.DI 1 

From sale of Minutes 2.75 

From royalties on shell 438.88 

* 72,336.34 
Less Disbursements 3,358.94 

Balance on hand September 1, 
1930 $ 68,977.40 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in Banks 67,977.40 

$ 68,977.40 

BALANCES IN BANKS SEPTEMBER 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 1,270.84 

Barnett National Bank. Jackson- 
ville, Fla 1,374.45 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 38,019.44 

American National Bank, Pensa- 
cola, Fla. 4,692.01 

First National Bank, Miami. Fla. 1.949.82 

Capital City Bank. Tallahassee. 
Fla 8,243.32 



475 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla $ 483.02 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 4,437.78 

Central Farmers Tr. Co.. West 
Palm Beach. Fla 7,506.72 



$ 67,977.40 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Date Check 

1930 No. In favor of: Amount 
Aug. 9, 8239 Dickens & Shirey (refund 

cash bond) $ 1,000.00 

12, 8240 Western Union Telegraph Co. 1.39 

8241 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. . . .39 

8242 Southern Telephone & Con- 

struction Co 4.L'"> 

8243 The II. &. W. B. Drew Co. . . -40 

8244 T. J. Appleyard, Inc 9.00 

8245 Tallahassee Office Supply Co. 1.00 
• 30. 8246 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

8247 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

8248 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

8249 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

8250 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8251 R. W. Ervin 233.34 

8252 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8253 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

8254 H. L. Shearer 50.00 

8255 Hattie Bell 83.33 

8256 B. C. Whitfield 50.00 

8257 F. P. Jackson 175.00 

8258 L. M. Auslev 175.00 



$ 3,358.94 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



476 

Tallahassee, Florida, 
September 9. 1930 
The Trustees (if the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present: 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Aiiuk. Comptroller. 

Fred II. Davis. Attorney General. 

The Minutes of the Trustees of September 3rd, 1930 
were presented and approved. 



Mr. Elliot presented draft of proposed resolution with 
reference to redemption of certificates held by the Trus- 
i.is and issuance of deeds. After discussion the matter 
was held over for final action! 



Mr. Elliot presented telegram from Mr. A. R. Richard- 
son, Land Agent, recommending a schedule of rentals for 
certain lands as follows: 

Township .">.". South. Ranges 38 and 39 East— $6.00 an 
acre. C^A 

Township 58 South, Ranges 36 and 37 East — $5.00\an) 
aere. ' J 

Township TiS Somh, Range 35 East — $4.00 an acre. ^ 

Township ">2 South, Range 32 East — $6.00 an acre, and 
$20.00 an acre for land near the Lake South of Township 
42. 

Cpon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees ap- 
proved the schedule as above and requested Mr. Elliot to 
wire Mr. Richardson of such aetion and authorize rentals 
on such basis. 



The Trustees having on May 6th. 1930 agreed to adver- 
tise for objections anil highest bid submerged land in 
Santa Rosa County, upon a p pi i eat ion of Messrs. Kennedy 
and Trueman, the following advertisement was ordered 
placed in the Milton Gazette: 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee. Florida. September 9, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Inter- 
nal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at 10 o 'Clock A. If. Tuesday. October 14th. 1930, 



477 

at Tallahassee, to receive competitive bids for the following 
described submerged land in SANTA ROSA County, Flor- 
ida: 

All those submerged lands owned by the State 
of Florida where the depth of water is not more 
than three (3) feet, lying in Santa Rosa County, 
Florida ; 

One tract known as Wrights or Magnolia Basin, 
in Section 36 of Township 2 North, Range 28 
West, containing approximately 160 acres; 

The other Tract known as Marquis Basin, in 
Section 2, Township 1 North, Range 28 West, con- 
taining approximately 60 acres. 

Both Tracts lie near the City of Milton. Flor- 
ida. 

More specific description to be furnished with 
deed. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any 
person or persons who may have objections to the said 
sale may have an opportunity to present same on date 
of sale as therein prescribed. 

TERMS: Cash, or One-fourth cash and balance in one. 
two and three years, with 6 per cent interest on deferred 
payments. 

The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

Dovle E. Carlton, Governor, 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



The follow ins bills were approved and ordered paid : 
Rov A. O'Bannon. T. C. West Palm Beaeh. Fla. .$ 546.00 
Fred E. Fenno. C. C. C. West Palm Beach. Fla. . 1.75 



$ 547.75 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON. 

Governor — Chairman, 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot. Seeretarv, 



478 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
September 16, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Anios, Comptroller. 

Fred H. Davis. Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Minutes of the Trustees of September 9th were pre- 
sented and approved. 



Judge W, E. Walsh, Dr. Joseph H. Adams and Engineer 
Thomas of Miami came before the Trustees relative to 
application presented to the Board August 26th, 1930, 
for the purchase by Dr. Adams of certain submerged land 
in Biseayne Bay in Section 9, Township 53 South. Range 
42 East, containing 41 acres, more or less, with an offer 
of $50.00 per acre cash. 

Mr. Mcintosh. Counsel, having been request ed to inves- 
tigate and report the status of the Trustees rights in the 
land, made his report on September 4th, copy of which 
report was forwarded to Judge Walsh. 

Dr. Adams again stated that he desired to secure the 
land on which he intended constructing a Solarium or 
Heliorium and would furnish the Trustees with a letter 
agreeing to use the land for the above purpose ; also that 
he would risk the purchase of the land and accept title 
which the Trustees are authorized to convey to him. Judge 
Walsh asked if the title to be conveyed would be a deed 
of grant, bargain and sale, and was advised that in case 
of sale deed of that kind would be issued to Dr. Adams. 

Upon consideration, it was moved, seconded and carried 
that the Trustees advertise the land for objections upon 
the hid of Dr. Adams of $50.00 per acre cash, and the 
following Notice was ordered published in a newspaper 
in Miami, Dade County, Florida: 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee. Florida. September 16, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will 
hold a meeting at 10 o'Clock A. M„ Tuesday, October 21st, 
1930, at Tallahassee to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged land in DADE County, Florida: 



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The parcel of submerged lands in Biscayne Bay 
situated in the South One-half (S^) of Section 
Nine (9), Township Fifty -three (53) South, 
Range Forty-two (42) East, Dade County, Flor- 
ida, more particularly described as follows, to-wit : 

Commencing at the one-half mile post on the 
West line of Section Nine (9), Township Fifty- 
three (53) South, Range Forty -two (42) East, 
Dade County, Florida, running North Eighty- 
eight (88) degrees forty-one (41) minutes, and 
twenty-four (24) seconds East, fifteen hundred 
and sixty (1560) feet to a point on the center 
line of the seventy -ninth (79) street causeway 
on Island "C". 

Thence South One (1) degree, thirty seven (37) 
minutes, eight (8) seconds East, a distance of six 
hundred sixty-five (665) feet to the point or place 
of beginning of the tract herein described. 

Thence North One (1) degree, thirty-seven 
(37) minutes, eight (8) seconds West, a distance 
of twenty-one hundred seventy-six (2176) feet; 

Thence South One (1) degree, thirty-seven 
(37) minutes, eight (8) seconds East, one thou- 
sand twenty (1020) feet; 

Thence Westerly parallel to the North bound- 
ary of the tract herein described twenty-one hun- 
dred seventy -six (2176) feet. 

Thence Northerly parallel to the East bound- 
ary of the tract herein described one thousand 
twenty (1020) feet to the point or place of begin- 
ning. 

Containing Forty -one (41) acres, more or less. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 
or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity of presenting same on date of sale as there- 
in prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



480 

Judge Walsh stated that Dr. Adams desired to secure the 
Oil and Gas rights to the land to be purchased, and also 
wanted permit to dredge adjoining bay bottoms for me- 
terial for fill purposes. 

The Trustees agreed to release the oil and gas rights 
to Dr. Adams upon payment of Fifty (50) Cents per acre 
when sale is consummated. 

Judge Walsh made application for permit to be issued 
to Dr. Adams to dredge fill material from bay bottoms 
surrounding land described in above notice, for a term 
of three years. 

The Trustees agreed to grant permit for taking material 
for fill purposes when final sale is made. 



Mr, Elliot reported that four packages of Everglades 
Drainage District Bonds, maturing July 1st, 1930, paid 
by Chase National Bank of New York City, had been re- 
ceived by him and delivered to the State Treasurer for 
safe-keeping until payment of the $300,000.00 loan is made 
by the Drainage Board to the Trustees. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from 3. P. Conrad, Treasurer 
of Southern Drainage District, requesting the Trustees to 
reconsider action taken refusing to pay taxes on land in 
Hiatus between Townships 54 and 55 South, Ranges 37 
and 38 East. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, action was with- 
held for a full board meeting. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from Mr. W. T. Gibson, 
relative to sale of submerged land in Lake Worth to the 
Lake Worth Inlet District. 

The Trustees having previously requested the Inlet 
Commission to furnish resolutions from the different Civic 
Organizations of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach rec- 
eommending the project, and such resolutions having been 
received. Mr. Davis moved that the Land be advertised for 
objections. Motion seconded and. upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the advertisement be published 
jn all newspapers of West Palm Beach and also in a Lake 
Worth paper in order that due notice can be given to all 
residents of that section. Seconded and upon vote adopted, 



Mr. Elliot presented requests from Mr. Francis S. Whit- 



481 

ten of Miami for modification of oil ami gas leases granted 
him. 

It was ordered that these matters be held over for a 
full Board Meeting. 



The Land Department presented letter from Lake Port 
settlers requesting the Trustees to deed lands applied for 
by them according to the old Map, as they are not in 
position to have new survey made at this time. The matter 
was held for a full board meeting. 



Mr. Elliot submitted application of Mr. James Ball on 
behalf of C. E. Thomas, to lease for a term of Five (5) 
years certain land on the East side of the Miami Canal, 
measuring Sixty (60) feet North and South by approxi- 
mately Thirty (30) feet East and West, to be used for 
a Packing House site and offering $50,00 per annum as 
rental. 

Mr. Davis moved that the matter be looked into and if 
no conflict with other leases or permits that the request 
of Mr. Ball be granted. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 
Mr. Elliot was requested to look into the matter. 



Mr. Elliot presented application from Gulf Tidewater 
Oil Company of St. Petersburg, represented by J. S. Shall- 
eross and Walter P. Fuller, for oil lease on submerged lands 
in Sarasota Bay in Manatee County ; Lake Butler and Boea 
Ceiga Bay in Pinellas County. 

Action on the above application was deferred for a full 
board meeting. 



Mr. Elliot brought up the subject of having an exami- 
nation made of the Acts of the Legislature authorizing 
the Trustees to sell lands, mineral rights, timber, sand, 
shell and various other things in connection with State 
lands, with a view to simplifying the laws. 

The Trustees requested Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, to look 
into the matter and make recommendations. 



Mr. Bay less. Land Clerk, presented letter from the City 
of New Smyrna, requesting Ninety (90) days extension 
on the $1,585.00 note due the Trustees September 20th, 
1930. 

The Trustees agreed to grant the extension and Mr. 
Bay less was directed to so advise the City of New Smyrna. 

16—1. I. F. 



482 

The Land Department presented Swamp Indemnity 
Script Certificate for 743 acres and requested to be advised 
if the Trustees desired the script advertised for highest bid 
as has been the policy heretofore. 

Mr. Davis moved that the matter be investigated as to 
whether or not it would be more advantageous for the 
State to apply the script toward the selection of lands on 
account of the State or to dispose of the same by sale. 
Seconded and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Clerk presented letter from International 
Fruit Co., applying for lease with option to purchase land 
in Section 22, Township 55 South, Range 38 East— Dade 
County. 

The Trustees directed the Land Department to advise 
the said Company that the land could be rented for $6.00 
an acre for the land in actual cultivation, but that the 
Trustees do not grant options tin State land ; that the 
matter of purchase should be taken up with the Trustees 
as a seperate transaction. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from 
Mr. Thos. J. Peters, requesting the Trustees to reduce 
rental rates passed on September 9th and fix the price 
Twenty-fi% T e (25) Cents an acre. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees agreed 
to stand by action of the 9th. Mr. Richardson was directed 
to arrange payments of one-fifth down and' balance when 
crop is made ; also authorized to change the rental price 
where it is found the price is not in line with rates of indi- 
vidual owners of adjacent land. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that a 
number of negroes had made application to rent land 
in Section 19, Township 43 South, Range 37 East, in 5 
acre tracts and asked for 30 days time to make the first 
payment on the rent. 

Upon consideration the Trustees agreed to rent the above 
land at the rate of $15,00 per acre and allow applicants 
30 days within which to make the first payment of $5.00 
per acre. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid. 



483 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.* 1.17 
Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, 

Florida 4.25 

Everglades Drainage District, Tallahassee, Kin. 166.71 

Vero Beach Press Journal, Vero Beach, Fla. . . 94.50 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla. .,'. 277.11 

Chas. H. Gordon, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 98.00 

$ 641.74 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman, 
ATTEST : 

F, C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
September 18, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller, 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The following hills were approved and ordered paid. 
Mrs. T. D. Hui, Okeechobee, Fla. (Refund) .$ 1,125.00 
E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla 756.75 

$ 1,881.75 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida. 
September 23, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, 

Present s 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



484 

Minutes of the Trustees for September 16, 1930, were 
presented and approved. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date 
submerged land in Section 33, Township 31 South, Range 
16 East, Pinellas County, applied for by the town of Gulf- 
port, and no objections having been filed, sale was made 
to the Town of Gulfport, Florida, at a price of $10.00 per 
acre, plus cost of advertising ; the land to be used for public 
purposes only. The Land Department was requested to 
issue deed. 



Mr. Elliot reported that description furnished the Trus- 
tees of land applied for by Dr. Joseph H. Adams of Miami, 
was incorrect and that advertisement sent to the Miami 
Herald September 16th had been recalled. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees direct- 
ed that the correct advertisement as follows be forwarded 
to the newspaper for publication : 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, September 23, 1930. 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will 
hold a meeting at 10 o 'Clock A. M., Tuesday, October 28th, 
1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged land in DADE County, Florida : 

The parcel of submerged lands in Biscayne Bay 
situated in the South one-half (S^>) of Section 
Nine (9) Township Fifty -three (53) South, 
Range Forty-two (42) East, Dade County , Flor- 
ida, more particularly described as follows, to-wit : 

Commencing at the one-half mile post on the 
West line of Section Nine (9), Township Fifty- 
three (53) South, Range Forty-two (42) East, 
Dade County, Florida ; run North Eighty-eight 
(88) degrees, Forty-one (41) minutes, and 
Twenty- four (24) seconds East, fifteen hundred 
and sixty (1560) feet to a point on the center 
line of the Seven tv-ninth (79th) street causewav 
on Island "C"; 

Thence South One (1) degree. Thirty-seven 
(37) minutes. Eight (8) seconds East a distance 



J 



485 

of Six Hundred Sixty^five (665) feet to the point 
or place of beginning of the tract herein de- 
scribed ; 

Thenee North Eighty-eight (88) degrees. 
Forty-one (41) minutes, Twenty- four (24) sec- 
onds East, a distance of Twenty-one hundred 
Seventy-six (2176) feet; 

Thence South one (1) degree, Thirty-seven 
(37) minutes, Eight (8) seconds East, One Thou- 
sand Twenty (1020) feet; 

Thence Westerly parallel to the North bound- 
ary of the tract herein described Twenty -one Hun- 
dred Seventy-six (2176) feet ; 

Thence Northerly parallel to the East bound- 
ary of the, tract herein described One Thousand 
Twenty (1020) feet to the point or place of begin- 
ning. 

Containing Fifty-one (51) acres, more or less. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any person 
or persons who may have objections to said sale may have 
an opportunity of preventing same on date of sale as 
therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

Dovte E, Carlton, Governor. 

ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Mr. A. R, Richardson, Land Agent, reported that Mr. 
Ben Shepard of Miami had been notified of payments due 
on Oil Lease and that final notice of Thirty days' was 
mailed him August 7th, 1930, but no reply or check has 
been received. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees re- 
quested Mr. Richardson to send Mr. Shepard final notice 
under registered mail, giving thirty days in which to make 
payment or lease will be cancelled. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that Mr, 
S. V. M. Ray, who holds Oil Lease from the Trustees and 
made annual payment in advance, has requested extension 
of Six months for drilling first well. 



486 

Mr. Mayo moved that the extension of six months be 
granted Mr. Ray for commencement for first well under 
the lease. 

Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, reported that a sand 
and shell lease was issued to F. S. Parcell May 1, 1925, 
under the firm name of Alafia Sand & Shell Company and 
said lease was taken over in September, 1926, by Hills- 
boro Sand & Shell Company without assignment or notice; 
that the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company, 
bondsmen for said Alafia Sand & Shell Company, has 
requested cancellation of the bond and relief from further 
liability. 

Upon motion duly made and seconded it was ordered 
that the U. S. Fidelity & Guarantee Company of Baltimore, 
Maryland, surety on the bond of F. S. Parcell of Hills- 
borough County, Florida, doing business under the firm 
name of Alafia Sand & Shell Company under date of May 
1, 1925, be and they are hereby relieved of any future 
liability on said bond. 



Mr. M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that Asa E. Maige, 
whose sand lease has been cancelled and his bondsmen made 
payment for amounts due by him, has put his machinery 
back in the Ocklockonee River and is taking sand without 
permit from the Trustees ; also that D. W. Redd and Wright 
Smith are operating in the same river without permit. 

Upon motion, seconded and duly adopted, the Trustees 
authorized Mr. Mcintosh to notify the above parties to dis- 
continue taking sand without permit, and upon refusal to 
do so, to start injunction proceedings against them. 



Mr. M. 0. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that summons had 
been served on the Trustees and the State Board of Edu- 
cation in a suit of Miami Corporation vs. Coral Gables, et 
al.. which included the Trustees of the Internal Improve- 
ment Fund and the State Board of Education, with refer- 
once to certain sovereignty lands in Biseayne Bay. 

The Trustees directed Mr. Mcintosh to take the necessary 
steps to protect the rights of the Trustees in the matter. 



Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel, reported that check had been re- 
ceived for amounts due by Capital City Sand & Gravel 



487 

Company, but Hillsboro Sand & Shell Company had not 
remitted ; that his information is that Capital City Sand & 
Gravel Company are discontinuing operations at Chatta- 
hoochee, but Hillsboro Sand & Shell Company are con- 
tinuing their operations without permit. 

Mr. Mayo moved that Mr. Mcintosh and Mr. Richardson 
go down and make an investigation of conditions and ascer- 
tain what steps should be taken. Seconded by Mr. Knott 
and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Elliot stated that following instructions of the Trus- 
tees of recent date, transfer had been made of expenses of 
the Tax Department which were chargeable to the Drain- 
age District and hereafter would be paid by Everglades 
Drainage District. 

Mr. Mayo moved that the local members of the Drainage 
Board be notified of this action and their approval re- 
quested; also that they be advised of expenses heretofore 
taken care of by the Trustees for Everglades Drainage Dis- 
trict and for which the Trustees will render the District a 
statement. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Secre- 
tary $ 325.00 

A. B. Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

P. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant -. 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

Hattie Bell, Stenographer 83.33 

L. M. Ausley, Extra Help 175.00 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 40.00 

DeLand Publishing Co., DeLand, Fla 16.50 

$1,890.67 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



488 

Tallahassee, Florida, September 30, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W, V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The Minutes of the Trustees" of September 23rd, 1930, 
presented and approved. 



Mr. Elliot again presented application of Messrs. Shall- 
cross and Fuller of the G\ilf Tidewater Oil Company ot' St. 
Petersburg for oil lease covering lands in Sarasota Bay in 
Manatee County, and Boca Ceiga Bay in Pinellas County. 

Upon motion of Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Knott and 
adopted, the Trustees agreed to issue oil lease to Gulf Tide- 
water Oil Company upon the usual terms and conditions. 

Mr. Elliot reported that pursuant to Minutes of August 
26th, he advised W. E. Sexton and C. D. S. Clarkson that 
the Trustees would advertise for objections Tracts 24, 25, 
26 and 27 in Section 35, Township 31 South, Range 39 East, 
in the Indian River, and would also enter into contract 
with them for the sale of Lots 6 and 7 when patented to 
the State by the Government upon payment of one-fourth 
the purchase price, which price is $25.00 per acre, or in 
case the land is not patented to the State the Trustees will 
refund the payment made; that he had received a letter 
from Mr. Sexton requesting that the four tracts above be 
advertised for objections and that contract be drawn for 
the proposed sale of Lots 6 and 7. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 
rected that advertisement be published and the proper eon- 
tract prepared for execution. 



Mr. Elliot submitted to the Trustees certain suggestions 
in connection with the matter of credits and taxes and ex- 
penses incident to re-conveyance of land to the Trustees. 

1'pon a discussion of the matter Mr. Davis moved that the 
suggestions of Mr. Elliot be approved by the members pres- 
ent and that he be requested to prepare a resolution incor- 
porating such suggestions for presentation to the full mem- 
bership. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



489 

Mr. R. G. Johnson of West Palm Beach appeared before 
the Trustees in reference to certain land transactions, but 
stated that he understood the resolution proposed to be 
adopted would cover the subject he wished to discuss and 
he would not present same at this time, but would await 
action on the resolution. 



Mr. Ben Shepard of Miami appeared before the Trustees 
on behalf of Ocean Beach Realty Company and submitted 
that the said Company had purchased, through succession 
of title from the State, 186.32 acres of submerged land in 
Section 4, Township 54 South, Range 42 East, but had 
actually never received but 27 l /i. acres in one tract and 11 
acres in another pareel ; that there has been several land 
sales in that area and that the only land that can be 
located of the original 186.32 acres purchased by Ocean 
Beach Realty Company are the two tracts above mentioned. 

Mr. Shepard requested the Trustees to quit-claim to his 
company certain areas, in view of the fact that they have 
not been able to get possession of the land, in consideration 
for which quit-claim Ocean Beach Realty Company will 
quit-claim to the Trustees all Fractional Section 4, except 
the portions enumerated above as containing 27 acres and 
11 acres. 

Upon motion of Mr. Knott, seconded by Mr. Davis and 
adopted, the matter was referred to Mr, Mcintosh, Mr. 
Richardson and Mr. Bay less to make investigation and re- 
port to the Trustees as soon as possible. 



Mr. Robert W. Williams of Tallahassee and Mr. R. M. 
Rutherford of the United States Department of Agricul- 
ture, came before the Trustees relative to selection of State 
lands on which to establish a game reserve for the protec- 
tion of bird and game life in this section of Florida, and 
made application to purchase 840 acres of State land in 
Wakulla and Jefferson counties, offering $2.00 per acre for 
the same. Mr. Rutherford stated that the reservation would 
contain approximately 20,000 acres, extending from the St. 
Marks River to the Aucilla River, the greater portion of 
which land the Government has contract to purchase from 
Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company. 

Mr. Davis stated that he would not vote to sell lands in 
that section for a game reserve as it would prohibit resi- 
dents hunting along the coast ; also that being the only hunt- 



490 

ing ground in this part of the State he was of the opinion 
that there would be active opposition to the project. 

After discussion, the Trustees advised Messrs. "Williams 
and Rutherford that the matter would be taken up with the 
full board and they would be advised of action taken. 



Mr. Richardson reported that he had application from 
D. W, Redd of Tallahassee for sand lease on Ochlocknee 
River offering $5.00 per month minimum rovaltv and 
$100.00 bond. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant sand lease to Mr. Redd upon usual terms and 
conditions at the above rate. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
Oeober 7, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 
Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. . 

W. V. Knott. Treasurer. » 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. Elliot presented letter from Mr. Vernon Price- 
Williams requesting the Trustees to extend the payment of 
$3,999.56 due on his oil lease October 17 th. 

Upon motion of,. Mr. Knott, seconded and adopted, the 
Trustees agreed to grant an extension to January 1, 1931 
of payment due by Mr, Price- Williams. 



Mr. Elliot presented resolution from the Chamber of 
Commerce of Tallahassee protesting against the sale of land 
by the State for the establishing of a Bird Preserve along 
the Coast of Wakulla and Jefferson Counties, and re- 
questing the Trustees to take the matter up with Florida 
Congressmen and Senators in Washington urging them 
to protest the selection of this area. 



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Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees directed 
that the Resolution be filed and the matter held over for 
a ful! Board meeting. 



Mr. Elliot brought to the attention of the Trustees un- 
surveyed lands in Section 35, Township 4 South, Range 
3 East, and Section 1, Township 5 South, Range 3 East, 
which lands appear from the Coast chart to be swamp lands. 

Mr. Knott made the motion that the neeessary examina- 
tion be made and steps taken to file swamp selection on 
these lands. 



Mr. C. E. Duncan and Mr. Carl L. Sackett, representing 
Lake Griffin Pulp and Paper Corporation, came before 
the Board and requested modification of conditions of the 
proposed lease. 

After discussion certain minor modifications of the 
lease were agreed upon, and a modification to Section 7, 
which would provide that after the first three-year period 
there would be granted, as mill operations proceed, addi- 
tional Ten-year periods to a total of Thirty Years, at the 
rate of Fifty (50) Cents per acre per annum, and there- 
after for additional period of Twenty (20) years at a rate 
not to exceed $1.00 per acre per annum, after which if 
the lease is in effect the price to be subject to agreement 
by both parties. Other conditions of the lease to remain 
the same as agreed. 

The Trustees directed that the Attorney General be 
advised by wire of the request for modification. 

Whereupon the Secretary wired Mr. Davis and received 
his approval of the changes. 

Upon reconvening the modifications were confirmed by 
the Trustees. 



The Land Department presented letter from Chas. D. 
Cause of Astatula. Florida, making offer of $320.00 for 
40 acres of land in NE14 of SE^ of Section 5, Town- 
ship 21 South, Range 26 East — Lake County. 

The offer was declined and the Land Department di- 
rected to so advise Mr. Cause. Mr. Richardson, Land Agent, 
was requested to make examination of the land on his next 
trip in that section and report as to the value. 

The Land, Department reported that the State, through 
John M. Sutton, former Selecting Agent, had made selec- 
tion of islands in Township 58 South, Range 40 East, 
known as Arsnicker Keys, as swamp and overflowed lands ; 



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that letter hail been received from the Department of the 
Interior denying the selection on the ground that the land 
is sovereignty land owned by the State, but that Mr. 
Sutton is desirous of appealing the case. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees decided 
to abide by the decision of the Interior Department. 



Mr. A. R.- Richardson, Land Agent, reported that parties 
having sand leases on the Oehlocknee River had not made 
bond, and recommended that in lieu of small monthly pay- 
ment and cash bond that the Trustees allow the lessees to 
pay $100.00 in advance for a year's lease with the privilege 
of taking 2,000 cubic yards of sand during the life of the 
lease, and any additional amount to be paid for at the rate 
of 5 cents per cubic yard. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees approved 
the recommendations as above and authorized Mr. Richard- 
son to make such arrangements with lessees. 



Financial Statement for the month of September, 1930, 
was presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR SEPTEMBER. 1930 

Balance in Fund Sept. 1, 1930. . .$ 68,977.40 
Refund by Frank A. Bryan, C. C. 

C, Broward County 165.07 

From sale of sand and gravel 622.99 

Receipts on account of oil lease . . . 63.29 

From % r arious land sales 3,764.70 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 

Acts of 1925 1,981.73 

$ 75,575.18 
Less disbursements 5,036.02 



Balance on hand October 1, 1930 $ 70,539.16 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 69,539.16 



$ 70,539.16 



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BALANCES IN BANKS OCTOBER 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla $ 1,386.49 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla. 1,881.79 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 43,763.27 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 4.692.01 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,949.82 

Capital Citv Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 8,474.28 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 483.02 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 
Fla 4,437.78 

Central Farmers Tr. Co., West 

Palm Beach, Fla 2,470.70 



$ 69.S39.16 



Date Cheek 
1930 No. 
Sept. 23 8259 
8260 
8261 
8262 
8263 
8264 
8265 
8266 
8267 
8268 
8269 
30 8270 
8271 
8272 
8273 
8274 
8275 
V>7« 
8277 
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DISBURSEMENTS 



In Favor of- 



Amount 

N. W. Keller, Secretary $ 74.11 

Roy A. O'Bannon, T. C 546.00 

Fred E. Pernio, C. C. C 1.75 

Western Union Telegraph Co 1.17 

Southern Tele. & Constr. Co 4.25 

Everglades Drainage District ..... 166.71 

Vero Beach Press Journal M MO 

A. R. Richardson 277.11 

Chas. H. Gordon 98.00 

Mrs. T. D. Hux, executrix 1.125.00 

E. B. Leatherman. C. C. C 756.75 

F. C. Elliot 325.00 

A. R. Richardson 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

F. E. Bayless 283.34 

C. B. Owyun 300.00 

A. C. Bridges 80.00 

Jentve Dedge 75.00 

Hattie Bell 83.33 

L. M. Ausley 175.00 






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Date Cheek 

1930 No. In favor of: Amount 

8279 Robert Wynn 40.00 

8280 DeLand Publishing Company . . . 16.50 



$5,036.02 



The Trustees having on September 16th, 1930, agreed to 
advertise for objections certain land in Palm Beach County, 
upon application of Lake Worth Inlet District, the follow- 
ing notice was ordered placed in the Palm Beach Post, Palm 
Beach Times, Tropical Sun, Union Labor News, of West 
Palm Beach and the Lake Worth Leader of Lake Worth : 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, October 9, 1930. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Internal 
Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at 10 o'clock A. M. t Tuesday, November 25th, 
1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged lands in Palm Beach County, Florida : 

Those parcels or tracts of submerged land or shallow 
bottoms lying in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, 
described as follows: 

TRACT "A": In Tp. 42 S., R. 43 E., Sec. 34, 
a quadrangular tract approximately 1050 ft. north 
and south by 1100 ft. east and west, containing 
26^o acres more or less. Location Ls immediately 
south of Lake Worth Inlet Channel approximately 
midway between the western and eastern shores 
of Lake Worth. 

TRACT "B":A marginal strip of land in same 
section, township and range located south of Lake 
Worth Inlet Channel and north of and adjoining 
the land on the eastern shore of Lake Worth, be- 
ing approximately 1100 ft. long parallel with Lake 
Worth Inlet Channel with an average width of 140 
ft. at right angles thereto, containing %y. ± acres, 
more or less. 

TRACT "C": In Tp. 43 S„ R. 43 E., Sec. 15, a 
rectangular tract 500 ft. east and west by 1000 ft. 
north and south, the middle of the south boundary 
of which lies approximately 90 ft. north of the - 



eastern extremity of the Palm Beach Yacht Club 
dock, containing 11 ^ acres, more or less. 

Exact description to be furnished with deed. 

The locations of Tracts "A" and "B" may 
be ascertained from a map entitled "Sketch of 
Submerged Land in Lake Worth", et cetera, 
dated July 1930, and location of Tract "C" may 
be ascertained from a map entitled "Sketch show- 
ing area in Section 15, Township 43 South, Kange 
43 East.", dated August, 1930, both of which said 
maps may be examined in the office of W. T. 
Gibson, Attorney for Lake Worth Inlet Commis- 
sion. 

This Notice is published in compliance with Section 
1062 of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any 
person or persons who may have objections to said sale 
may have an opportunity of presenting same on date of 
sale as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary, 



The Trustees having on August 26th and September 
30th, agreed to advertise certain lands in Indian River 
County for objections upon application of Messrs, Sexton 
and Clarkson for their client Mr. Frederick S. Ruth. 
the following Notice was ordered placed in the Vero Beach 
Press: 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, October 9, 1930, 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the Inter- 
nal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold a 
meeting at 10 o 'Clock A. M., Tuesday, November 18th. 
1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the following 
described submerged or partially submerged lands in IN- 
DIAN RIVER County, Florida: 

Those certain tracts or parcels of submerged or partially 
submerged lands lying in or bordering upon Indian Rivet 
in Indian River County, Florida, described as follows: 
In Township 32 South, Range 40 East : 



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In Section 19, Tract 2-4. contain ing 135 acres 
more or less. In SV2 of Section 19 ami NV-. of 
Section 30, Tract 25, containing 166.6 acres, more 
or less. 

In Township 32 South, Range 39 East: 
In the SW14 of Section 12, Tract 26. containing 
4.3 acres more or less. 

In the SWVi of Section 2. Tract 27, having an 
undetermined area but containing approximately 
55 acres. 
This Notice is published in compliance with Section 
1062 t>f the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any 
person or persons who may have objections to said sale 
may have an opportunity of presenting same on date nf 
sale as therein prescribed. 

Bv order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

Dovle E. Carlton, Governor. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON', 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 14, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 
Ernest Amos. Comptroller. 
Fret! H. Davis, Attorney General. 
N'athan Mayo. Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Trustees .Minutes of October 7th presented and 
approved. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date 
land in Santa Rosa County, upon application of Dr. T. S. 
Kennedy, objections were called for. 

Objection was presented from Watson &, Pasco & Brown 
of Pensacola, for their client John Ivins. on the ground 



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that the land advertised lies in front of upland property. 
Also letters were received from Bagdad Land & Lumber 
Company, and Leo V. Davis, M. J. Davis and John A. Davis 
requesting that their rights as upland owners be protected 
if the land was sold to other than Dr. Kennedy, arrange- 
ments having been made with Dr. Kennedy for such pro- 
tection. 

Upon a discussion of the subject the Trustees agreed to 
grant a Ten year lease to General Minerals Corp., of cer- 
tain bottoms in Santa Rosa County, containing 160 acres 
in Wrights or Magnolia Basin and 60 acres in Marquis 
Basin, upon payment of $25.00 monthly minimum royalty 
and 2'/2 per cent of the gross revenue of the products taken 
or mined from the premises, with option for renewal at 
expiration of the lease upon terms to be agreed upon. 

Dr. Kennedy presented check for $250.00 payment in 
advance for ten months royalty, which was accepted. Lease 
was ordered prepared for execution. 

Objections to the sale of the above land were ordered 

filed. 





Dr. T, S. Kennedy made application to purchase the 
SWl.4 of SW14 of Section 25, Township 2 North, Range 
28 West, Santa Kosa County, upon patent being issued to 
the State from the I". S. Government and offered to make 
affidavit upon which the State could file swamp Innd selec- 
tion. 

The Trustees directed that swamp land selection be filed 
for the above land upon affidavit being furnished the Land 
Department. 



Messrs, W. C. Hodges, C. L. Waller and R. M. Jones came 
before the Trustees with request for adjustment on 778 
acres of land in Newmans Survey sold to F. J. Kelly in 
1925, on which purchase a payment of $95,189.34 has been 
made, advising that there was a lis pendens on this land 
which was not disposed of until April, 1926, thereby pre- 
venting purchasers making sale; also that a squatter occu- 
pied a five-acre tract of this land. A letter was [lreseuted 
from Mr. Jones asking that adjustment be made and sug- 
gested either of the following methods: 

1st. The full cash purchase price be accepted for the 
payment and redemption of past due drainage taxes or lax 
certificates; or 



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2nd. That purchase price credit be issued to purchaser 
to be used in payment of past due mortgages held by the 
Trustees as to both principal and interest. 

Mr. Hodges submitted that refunds and credits had been 
allowed in a number of cases and he felt this case merited 
as much consideration as those mentioned and requested 
the Trustees to take the matter under advisement and agree 
upon some adjustment that would be fair to all parties. 

Mr. Davis moved that the records be looked into with 
reference to the operation of the Its pendens against this 
land and other facts in the case, and that action be taken 
by the Trustees at a later date. Seconded by Mr. Mayo and 
upon vote adopted. 



Mr. D, W. Redd of Tallahassee appeared before the Trus- 
tees relative to sand lease in Oehlocknee River and asked 
that the annual payment of $100.00 be reduced. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees modified 
their ruling of October 7th and directed that a payment 
of $10.00 per annum in advance be required for permit to 
take sand from the Oehlocknee River to be used or sold 
locally but in case of shipment of sand the usual royalty of 
$25.00 per month to be paid. The Trustees directed that 
parties taking sand from the Oehlocknee River be notified 
of this action and requested to make payment as above. 



Mr. Elliot presented application from Mr. W. G. Blanch- 
ard for oil and gas lease on approximately 400,000 acres of 
land lying between Cape Sable and the Florida Keys to 
Rock Harbor Station of Florida East Coast Railroad, with 
an offer of one-half cent (Vac) per acre payable quarterly. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the application was 
denied. 



Secretary of State R. A. Gray presented resolution from 
the Lions Club of Tallahassee, protesting the sale of land 
by the State to the United States Government for a game 
preserve along the coast of Wakulla and Jefferson counties. 

The Trustees directed that the resolution be acknowl- 
edged and filed. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter referred to him by Governor 
Carlton with reference to an island in Alafia River on which 
a Mr. Plat made homestead entry and now desires to pur- 



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chase the State's interest. The matter was referred to the 
Land Department to ascertain the status of the land. 

Mr. Elliot presented letter from Henderson & Franklin, 
attorneys, of Fort Myers, relative to drainage tax certifi- 
cate No. 8 issued against land in Sections 7, 8, 9 and 10, 
Township 43 South, Range 34 East, Hendry county, and 
requested that the said certificate be cancelled on the 
ground that the land was erroneously assessed in the name 
of Moore Haven and Clewiston Railroad. 

Mr. Elliot explained to the Trustees that the fact that 
the land had been assessed to Moore Haven and Clewiston 
Railroad did not constitute grounds for cancellation of the 
certificate held by the Trustees. Mr. Elliot was directed 
to advise Mr. Henderson of the facts in the case. 

Mr. Elliot submitted letter from Mr. L. J. Ullian of Fort 
Lauderdale, requesting extension of payment due Novem- 
ber 1st on oil and gas lease of Port Everglades Gas and Oil 
Company. 

The Trustees having on August 26th agreed to allow the 
said Company an extension of one-half the payment due 
until March 1st, declined to grant further extension. 

Mr. Elliot presented application of Mrs. W. F. Schleicher 
of Miami, for redemption of drainage tax certificate No. 
4453 upon pavment of taxes and cost, which amount is 
$4.39. 

Mrs. Schleicher not being the original owner, and this 
tract being included in the list to be advertised for highest 
bid at an early date, the offer was declined by the Trustees. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

Southern Tel. & Constr. Co., Tallahassee, Fla $ 4.25 

Postal Telegraph -Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla .81 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla 33 

E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla 1.55 

The H. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla 4.13 

Hattie Bell, Tallahassee, Fla : 33.53 



$44.60 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: • 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



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Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 21, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fond met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol, 

Present : 
Doyle E. Carlton, Governor, 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Mr. Harley Watson appeared before the Trustees rel- 
ative to the purchase by Kitta Farms Development Com- 
pany of lands in Entries No. 16840 to 16852, both in- 
clusive, on which $23,917,.13 principal and interest have 
been paid. Mr. Watson having appeared before the Trus- 
tees April 29, 1930 requesting adjustment on these pur- 
chases, and the Trustees having advised that it would be 
necessary to foreclose certain mortgages outstanding a- 
gainst the land before any adjustment could be made, 
Mr. Watson reported that the foreclosure proceedings 
would soon be completed and the land in condition to be 
reconveyed to the State. Mr. Watson asked that the Trus- 
tees deed to his Company, in return for the payments 
made as above, the land North of the railroad in Section 
34, Township 43 South. Range 35 East and that part of 
Section 3, Township 44 South, Range 35 East, North of 
the railroad. 

Upon discussion of the subject the Trustees agreed, 
upon reconveyance of the land to the State free of all 
encumbrances, to deed to Ritta Farms Development Com- 
pany land equal to payments made, selection to be made as 
requested by Mr. Watson. 



Mr. Harley Watson also requested the Trustees to ex- 
change land owned by the State for land he purchased 
in Wy 2 of Section 23, Township 38 South, Range 34 East, 
Entry No. 16729 and also that the same consideration 
be given to the E*4 of the above Section, which was pur- 
chased by Drs, Kline and MeSwain. 

No action taken on this matter as the Trustees had 
postponed until this date action on a Resolution covering 
land exchanges, reconveyances and credits. 



The Port Everglades Gas and Oil Company renewed its 



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request through Mr. Carl P. Weidling for an extension of 
time in payment of amount of money set forth in lease 
assigned to that Company by L. J. Ullian, which lease 
had been issued by the Trustees to Mr. Ullian under date of 
March 24th, 1930. The amount of $7,640,00 will be due, 
as provided in the lease, November 1st, 1930, and the 
second payment in the estimated amount of $7,640.00 
will be due January 15th, 1931. 

The Trustees authorized extension of time of payments 
covering the above amounts until May 1st, 1931. 



Mr. Elliot presented resolution vrhich the Trustees had 
directed that he draw in line with certain suggestions and 
ideas for handling land conveyances, mortgages, etc. Where- 
upon the following resolution was submitted : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund of the State of Florida have from time to time sold 
lands and issued deeds upon the initial payment of moneys 
required therefor and the execution to said Trustees of 
notes secured by mortgage for the balance of the payment ; 

and 

WHEREAS, in a number of cases the notes executed to 
the Trustees for deeds are delinquent in payment and the 
Trustees having by previous order authorized the receiv- 
ing of a deed and the surrender by the purchaser of the 
lands so deeded when free of liens and encumbrances ex- 
cept Trustees' mortgage, for which the Trustees agree to 
deed to the said purchaser the amount of land for which 
payment, has been made at the purchase price per acre ; 
and 

Whereas, in some instances purchasers or their successors 
in title hold deed or deeds to more than one tract or 
parcel of land for which payments are delinquent, and 
in order to provide a method for facilitating payment for 
land so held, or a part thereof, and for adjusting accounts 
between the Trustees and the purchaser, or his successors; 
now therefore 

BE IT RESOLVED, That in instances where more than 
one parcel of land has been deeded to a purchaser, pay- 
ments on which are now delinquent, the holder of such deeds 
may redeed to the Trustees all or such part of any one or 
more tracts described by such deed or deeds, and the prin- 



502 

cipal amount paid thereon may be credited upon any un- 
paid amount or amounts, on any other tract held under 
deed from the Trustees by said purchaser subject to the 
following conditions: 

1. The arrangements herein shall be applicable only to 
lands on which the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund hold purchase money mortgages; Provided that such 
arrangement shall continue only so long as no cash outlay 
from the Trustees may be required. 

2. That the land to be redeeded to the said Trustees shall 
be free of all liens, including tax liens and all taxes for 
the full year in which the land is redeeded and encum- 
brances of every nature whatsoever except Trustees' mort- 
gage. 

3. That abstract of title shall be furnished by the pur- 
chaser covering lands to be redeeded from the date of pur- 
chase from Trustees to the date of reconveyance to the said 
Trustees. 

4. That the amount of money computed to be owed upon 
the tract or tracts to be retained by the purchaser shall 
include the unpaid principal, the interest accruing on such 
unpaid principal to date of the new transaction, plus the 
interest on delinquent interest at the interest rate, but the 
purchaser shall not be charged with interest on unpaid 
amounts due upon the tract or tracts to be redeeded by him. 

5. In the event the amount paid by the purchaser on the 
land to be redeeded shall be insufficient to pay the full 
unpaid amount as denned in section four above upon the 
parcel to be retained by him, then the said purchaser may 
redeed to the Trustees, free of all encumbrances as set forth 
in section twoJiereof, except Trustees' mortgage, that part 
or parcel, payment for which remains unpaid, and receive 
from the said Trustees a deed to that part for which pay- 
ment has been or shall at once be completed. The Trustees 
shall designate such part to be redeeded. In lieu of the 
above, the purchaser may free such unpaid part or parcel 
from all liens or encumbrances, if any exist, except Trus- 
tees mortgage, which the Trustees will cancel upon the 
giving of a note or notes and mortgage for such part or 
parcel, and the purchaser may complete payment for such 
part or parcel on the usual sales basis. 

6. In the event the amount paid by the purchaser on 
the land to be redeeded is in excess of the unpaid amount 
or amounts owed on the parcel to be retained, the purchaser 



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may surrender so much of the tract, a part of which is to 
be redeeded, as will represent the unpaid amount on the 
parcel to be retained, and may retain so much of the 
parcel, a part of which is to be redeeded, as will be neces- 
sary to balance the account between the said purchaser and 
the said Trustees. 

7. The Trustees will make no rebate or reimbursement in 
cash nor allow any selection of lands not covered by deed 
between Trustees and purchaser under the arrangement 
herein described. 

8. In the event land is held by deed in the name of more 
than one person, the person making payment in his own 
name will be entitled to have an assignment by the Trus- 
tees of the mortgages and notes held by them to such person 
as his security for such amount or amounts paid by him 
and as may be due him from other parties as partners or 
associates in the original transaction. Such assignment shall 
be without recourse. Upon such assignment shall appear 
the word "Accepted," the date thereof, and the party in 
whose favor such assignment is executed shall affix his 
signature attested by two witnesses indicating acceptance. 
In the case of a corporation, it shall be signed by its duly 
authorized officers and properly attested. 

9. The foregoing arrangements shall be operative after 
this date, but shall not interfere with any arangements 
heretofore made with any purchaser in reference to re- 
deeding or al Iowa nee of credit on any lands held by him 
under deed from the said Trustees. 

10. The Trustees reserve the right to modify or amend 
the arrangements herein described at any time without 
notice, provided, however, that no modifications or amend- 
ments so made shall affect any transaction had prior to the 
dates of such modifications or amendments. 

Mr. Davis moved the adoption of the resolution. Sec- 
onded and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented application from Prank 
J. Wideman of West Palm Beach, to purchase for his client, 
Mrs. Francis P. Bolton, submerged land surrounding her 
upland property in Lake Worth, offering $100.00 per acre 
for same. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to advertise the land for sale, subject to objections, and the 



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following notice was ordered placed in a Palm Beach Coun- 

tv papers: 

NOTICE 

Tallahassee, Florida, October 21, 1930. 

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold 
a meeting at 10 o'elock A. M., Tuesday, November 25th, 
A. D. 1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the fol- 
lowing described submerged land in PALM BEACH Coun- 
ty, Florida : 

That certain submerged area comprising those 
islands, sand bars and shallow banks, located in 
and under the tidal waters of Lake Worth, adja- 
cent to Lot 6, Section 3, Township 44 South, Range 
43 East, and being situate in Palm Beach County, 
more particularly described as follows : 

Beginning at a point located 2,721.02 feet south 
and 4,526.26 feet east of the northwest corner of 
Section 3, Township 44 South, Range 43 East, as 
marked by an iron spike driven flush with the 
asphalt on the center line of the Dixie Highway ; 
said point of beginning being further referenced 
237.58 feet north and 340; 18 feet east of the A. M. 
C. on Lot 6, Section 3, Township 44 South, Range 
43 East, as surveyed by the U. S. Government in 
1922; said point of beginning being at the south- 
east corner of Tract 3 of three tracts conveyed by 
the Trustees Internal Improvement Fund Deed 
No. 17,827 ; 

From said point of beginning, run — 
Thence 1. 8. 7 degrees 28' W. 1,105.00 feet; 

2. S. 3 degrees 32' E, 1,070.00 feet; 

3. S. 81 degrees 00' W. 625.00 feet; 

4. N. 34 degrees 25' E. 485.00 feet; 

5. N. degrees 40' W. 1,455.00 feet; 

6. N. 20 degrees 25' W. 265.00 feet; 

7. N. 26 degrees 04' 07" E. 171.20 feet; 

8. N. 89 degrees 28' E. 455.00 feet ; 
Along the south boundary of Tract 3 of three 

tracts conveyed by Trustees Internal Improvement 
Fund Deed No. 17.827 to the point of beginning, as 
above described, containing 18.47 acres more or 
less, from which has been excepted 0.13 acres as 



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contained in Lot 6, Section 3, Township 44 South, 
Range 43 East, as surveyed by U. S. Government 
in 1922, and conveyed bv Board of Education of 
the State of Florida Deed No. 4,097, dated May 19, 
1930 ; and being located within the limits of Sec- 
tion 3, Township 44 South, Range 43 East, Palm 
Beach County, Florida. 

This notice is published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same as therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, Governor. 

ATTEST: F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



The Land Department presented application and plats 
from the Department of Agriculture at Washington, for 
the purchase of land in Wakulla County to be used as a part 
of a game preserve along the coast of Wakulla and Jeffer- 
son eounties.- 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the offer was declined. 



The Land Department again presented request of Lake 
Port settlers to have land applied for by them deeded ac- 
cording to an old survey made some years ago, advising 
that they were not in position to have a new survey made 
at this time. The Trustees were informed that it would 
be necessary to have a survey made in order to correctly 
deed land applied for, 

Mr. Davis made a motion that the settlers be advised 
that if they desired conveyance of the land it would be 
necessary to have survey made, otherwise it will be im- 
possible to make deeds to cover land described in their ap- 
plication. Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented application from M. C. 
Clark for oil and gas lease on approximately 3,000 acres 
of land in Sections 5, 6. 7. 8 and the Ey 2 , NE14 of NW'.j. 
Sy 2 of NW14 and SWy 4 of Section 14; all Section 17, 
Township 55 South, Range 38 East, Dade County, Florida. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees agreed 



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to grant oil lease to Mr. Clark on the above lands upon 
usual terras and conditions. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla $ 162.75 

Everglades Drainage District, Tallahassee. Fla.. . 8,266.49 



$8,429.24 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee. Florida. 

October 28, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Counsel at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

The Governor stated that a quorum of the Trustees was 
not present, but as Mr. Mabry and Mr. Christen berry had 
come up to appear before the Board, they could present 
their proposition to be acted on at a later date. 



Mr. G. E. Mabry of Tampa and Mr. R. D. Christenberry 
of Montgomery, Alabama, representing Realty Improve- 
ment & Development Company, a corporation of Alabama, 
appeared before the two members present relative to 
Entry No. 17447 dated January 11, 1926, covering sale 
of submerged land adjacent to Lot 4, Section 8, Township 
29 South, Range 15 East — 69 acres in Pinellas County, 
which was sold to Lloyd-White-Skinner Development Com- 
pany, on which a fourth payment of $1,725.00 was made 
leaving a balance due of $5,175.00 plus interest from date 
of purchase. 

Mr. Mabry stated that the Realty Improvement & Devel- 
opment Company had taken possession of the upland 
through mortgage foreclosure, and since Lloyd-White- 
Skinner Company has failed to complete their payments 
to the Trustees for the adjacent bay bottoms, requested 



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the Trustees to allow his elients to foreclose the State's 
mortgage without any cost whatever to the Trustees, 
and upon title being placed back in the State his elients 
to be alloM r ed to' purchase the land for $500.00 cash. 

The members of the Trustees present agreed to accept the 
offer made by the Realty Improvement & Development Co., 
and stated that the subject would be presented to the 
Trustees when a quorum could be had. 



Land in Dade County advertised for sale on this date, 
applied for by Dr. Joseph H. Adams, was postponed as a 
quorum was not present. No objections were filed to the 
sale of the land. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 



ATTEST s 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
October 29, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E, Carlton. Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid. 

F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer & Secretary$ 325.00 

A. R, Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80.00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secretary 75.00 

Mrs. Berta W, Bohler, Stenographer 11 days .... 52.69 

L. M. Ausley, Extra Help 175.00 

Everglades Drainage District, Tallahassee, Fla.. 895.16 



$2,698.69 



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Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 



ATEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
November 5, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 
Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 
Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 
W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 
Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Application was received from Mr. F. C. B. LeGro, for 
Bay Biscayue Improvement Company, covering an Eight 
(8) foot extension to islands in Biscaync Bay, known as 
Rivo Alto and Dilido. 

It was explained that these islands were formerly 
bulkheaded with ordinary piling but the storm of 1926 
destroyed a portion of same and it was found necessary to 
construct a concrete seawall around the islands, and in 
so doing a portion of same was found to lie from one to 
six feet outside of the description deeded from the Trus- 
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund to the Bay Bis- 
cay ne Improvement Company, which additional acreage 
the said Company desires to acquire from the State. 

The Trustees agreed to make a conveyance of the above 
mentioned strip, provided the Bay Biseayne Improvement 
Company would pay for the advertisement, which was 
agreed to. 

The Trustees ordered that the following Notice be placed 
in a newspaper published in Dade County, Florida: 

NOTICE 
Tallahassee, Florida, November 5, 1930, 
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In- 
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida will hold 
a meeting at 10 o'clock A. M., Tuesday. December 16th, 
A. D. 1930, at Tallahassee, to consider the sale of the fol- 






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lowing described submerged land in DADE County. 
Florida : 

A strip of land in Biscayne Bay situated in Sec- 
tion 33, Township 53 South, Range 42 East, in 
Dade County, being an additional* strip of land 8 
feet wide outside of and adjoining Rivo Alto 
Island, completely circumscribing same, and de- 
scribed as follows: 

Start at the point of beginning being the inter- 
section of the center line of Venetian Causeway 
with the East boundary line of Rivo Alto Island. 

Thence Northerly at right angles to Venetian 
Causeway 850 feet: 

Thence from said named point as a tangent 
point on a semicircular curve to the left, having a 
radius of 350 feet for a distance of 10991/2 feet as 
measured along the curve to a point westerly from 
and at right angles to said first course at the point 
of tangency a distance of 700 feet ; 

Thence Southerly on a line at right angles to 
Venetian Causeway and parallel to the first course 
a distance of 1,700 feet; 

Thence from the last named point as a tangent 
on a semicircular curve to the left, having a radius 
of 350 feet for a distance of 1099y 2 feet as meas- 
ured along the curve to a point Easterly from and 
at right angles to said last named course at the 
point of tangency a distance of 700 feet. 

Thence Northerly 850 feet to the point of begin- 
ning of inside boundary line of 8 foot strip. 

Thence Easterly along Venetian Causeway 8 
feet to point of beginning of outside boundary 
line of 8 foot strip. 

Thence Northerly at right angles to Venetian 
Causeway 850 feet ; 

Thence from said last named point as a tangent 
on a semicircular curve to the left, having a radius 
of 358 feet, for a distance of 1124.69 feet as meas- 
ured along the curve to a point West, and at right 
angles to said first course at the point of tangency 
a distance of 716 feet. 

Thence South on a line at right angles to Vene- 
tian Causeway and parallel to the first course a 
distance of 1700 feet ; 



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Thence from the last named point as a tangent 
on a semicircular curve to the left having a radius 
of 358 feet for a distance of 1124.69 feet, as meas- 
ured along the curve to a point Easterly from and 
at right angles to said last named course, at the 
point of tangency a distance of 716 feet. 

Thence Northerly 850 feet to the point of begin- 
ning. 

A strip of land in Biscayne Bay situated in Sec- 
tion 33, Township 53 South, Range 42 East, in 
Dade County, Fla., being an additional strip of 
land 8 feet wide outside of and adjoining DILIDO 
ISLAND, completely circumscribing same, and de- 
scribed as follows: 

Start at the point of beginning, being the inter- 
section of the center line of Venetian Causeway 
with the East boundary line of DILIDO Island. 

Thence Northerly at right angles to Ventian 
Causway 1350 feet; 

Thence from said last named point as a tangent 
point, on a semicircular curve to the left having a 
radius of 350 feet for a distance of 1099 ^A feet as 
measured along the curve to a point Westerly from 
and at right angles to said first course at the point 
of tangency a distance of 700 feet ; 

Thence Southerly on a line at right angles to 
Venetian Causeway and parallel to the first course 
a distance of 2700" feet; 

Thence from the last named point as a tangent 
on a semicircular curve to the left, having a radius 
of 350 feet for a distance of 1099 V. feet as meas- 
ured along the curve to a point East and right 
angles to said last course at the point of tangency 
a distance of 700 feet; 

Thence North on a line at right angles to Vene- 
tian Causeway and parallel to the last course a dis- 
tance of 1350 feet to the point of beginning of in- 
side boundary line of 8 foot strip. 

Thence Easterly along Venetian Causeway 8 feet 
to point of beginning of outside boundary line of 8 
foot strip. 

Thence Northerly at right angles to Venetian 
Causeway 1350 feet. 

Thence from said last named point as a tangent 



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on a semicircular curve to the left having a radius 
of 358 feet for a distance of 1124.69 feet as meas- 
ured along the curve to a point West and right 
angles to said first course at the point of tangeney 
a distance of 716 feet. 

Thence South on a line at right angles to Vene- 
tian Causeway and parallel to the first course a 
distance of 2700 feet. 

Thence from the last named point as a tangent 
on a semicircular curve to the left having a radius 
of 358 feet for a distance of 1124.69 feet as meas- 
ured along the curve to a point Easterly from and 
at right angles to said last named course at the 
point of tangeney a distance of 716 feet; 

Thence Northerly to the point of beginning 1350 
feet. 
This notice is- published in compliance with Section 1062 
of the Revised General Statutes of Florida, that any per- 
son or persons who may have objections to said sale may 
have an opportunity to present same on date of sale as 
therein prescribed. 

By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON. Governor. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary, 



Tallahassee, Florida, November 12, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E, Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 



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The Minutes of the Trustees of September 30th, October 
14th, 21st, 29th and November 5th, presented and approved. 



Mr. Ben Shepard of Miami came before the Trustees rela- 
tive to matter presented by him September 30th on behalf 
of Ocean Beach Realty Company, and re-stated the proposi- 
tion as submitted to the Trustees on September 30th. 

1'pon a discussion of the matter, Mr. Mayo moved that 
the Trustees take the proposition under advisement and 
have Mr. Elliot and Mr. Richardson go further into the 
matter. Seconded by Mr. Davis and upon vote adopted. 



Mr. Elliot reported that Mr. G. E. Mabry and Mr. R. D. 
Christ enberry of the Realty Improvement & Development 
Company had appeared before the Governor and Mr. Amos 
on October 28th, relative to settlement of Entry No. 17447, 
covering sale of submerged land to Lloyd-White-Sk inner 
Development Company, and that the two members present 
had agreed, subject to the approval of the other members, 
to allow clients of Mr. Mabry to foreclose mortgage of the 
State without cost to the Trustees, and upon title being 
placed back in the Trustees, Realty Improvement & Devel- 
upment Company to be allowed to purchase the reconveyed 
portion at a price of $500.00 and pay up all taxes on the 
land. 

1'pon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees approved 
and confirmed the action of the Governor and Mr. Amos. 



In line with resolution of Board of Commissioners of 
Everglades Drainage District dated October 22, 1930, the 
Attorney General under date of November 8th advised the 
Trustees in reference to certain tax records and indicated 
such as were records of the Drainage Board and reeords of 
the Trustees. Whereupon the following resolution was 
introduced : 

RESOLUTION 

WHEREAS, On October 22nd, 1930, Board of Commis- 
sioners of Everglades Drainage District adopted a resolu- 
tion, paragraph 1 of which is as follows: 

1. That the Minutes of this Board from 1905 to 
the present, and all books of account and all rec- 
ords of the District except those pertaining to the 
Engineering Department, shall be transferred to 



513 

the office ot" the Executive Secretary at West Palm 
Beach, and thereafter shall be kept and maintained 
by the said Executive Secretary, or under his di- 
rection. 

And, 

WHEREAS, In the matter of taxes in connection with 
Everglades Drainage District the law relating thereto pro- 
vides for certain work to be done and certain duties to de- 
volve upon the Board of Commissioners of Everglades 
Drainage District, and the law further provides that' cer- 
tain work shall be done and certain duties shall devolve 
upon the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, and 

WHEREAS, The Trustees' are charged by law with ad- 
ministering all matters relating to Everglades Drainage 
District tax certificates bid in in the name of the said Trus- 
tees, the cancellation of said certificates, the sale of land 
covered by such certificates, the execution of deeds under 
the seal of the said Trustees for certificated lands, the re- 
ceiving of moneys in connection with the same, and! the 
keeping of all records of all transactions arising in connec- 
tion with such certificates, and 

WHEREAS, By letter of November 8th, 1930, the Aftor- 
n*>v General of the State of Florida ppts forth his opinion 
"In RE: DESIGNATION OF RECORDS AS RECORDS 
OF TRUSTEES OR DRAINAGE BOARD," and in said 
opinion designates certain records in reference to drainage 
tax certificates and deeds executed by the Trustees in con- 
nection with said certificates as records of the Trustees of 
the Internal Improvement Fund; Now, Therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED: 

That pursuant to the Opinion of the Attorney General 
and in accordance with law as above set forth in reference 
to Everglades Drainage District Tax Certificates bid in in 
the name of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund, the handling of such certificates and all matters aris- 
ing thereunder are work and are duties of the Trustees of 
the Internal Improvement Fund; that the records thereof 
are records of the said Trustees and shall be in the office of 
the said Trustees at Tallahassee, but that said records are 
not such as are referred to in the Resolution of Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District of October 
22nd, 1930. 

Mr. Knott moved the adoption of the resolution. Sec- 



17— I, I. F. 






514 

onded and upon vote carried. The resolution was unani- 
mously adopted. 



Mr. Elliot presented offer of $3,400.00 for the boat 
"Josephine" owned by the Trustees. Upon motion sec- 
onded and adopted the offer was declined. 

Mr. Davis moved that Mr, Elliot be authorized to nego- 
tiate for the sale of the boat and if sold through the efforts 
of outside parties a commission of ten per cent be allowed. 
Seconded by Mr. Knott and upon vote adopted. 



The Land Department presented letter from S. G. Wilson 
of Bartow, purchaser of Lots A and B in the N*4 of Sec- 
tion 30, Township 38 South, Range 34 East, Glades County, 
Entry No. 16444, on which one-fourth payment was made, 
who requests that he be allowed to reconvey the land to the 
State as he is unable to pay the balance due or the out- 
standing taxes. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to allow Mr. Wilson to reconvey the said land subject to 
taxes. 



The Land Department presented communication from 
J, C. Bills, Jr., of West Palm Beach, requesting that he be 
allowed to reconvey to the State land covered by Entry No. 
17423, being the SE^ of Section 12, Township 21 South, 
Range 32 East, Seminole County, on which a cash payment 
of one-fourth was made, stating that he is unable to carry 
out the agreement or pay the outstanding taxes amounting 
to $313.80. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, it was ordered that 
Mr. Bills be allowed to reconvey the above described land 
subject to outstanding taxes. 



Mr. Elliot presented letter from Standard Dredging Com- 
pany requesting that the Trustees allow them to file surety 
bond with sand lease and have released to them the $500.00 
Liberty Bond held by the Trustees. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted it was ordered that 
substitution of surety bond for Liberty bond be made as 
requested by Standard Dredging Company. 



Air. Marvin C. Mcintosh, Counsel, read communication 
from Hon. Fred M. Valz, attorney, of Jacksonville, under 



515 

date of November 3, 1930, in which it was stated that his 
client, the Atlantic Shell Company, holding a permit for 
dredging shell in certain portions of the St. Johns River, 
desired to know if the Trustees would save them harmless 
in the event of law suit being brought by the Johnson heirs, 
or if the Trustees would waive their claim and permit the 
Atlantic Shell Company to purchase the shell from the 
Johnson heirs. 

The Trustees declined to waive their claim to the lands in 
question and also declined to save the Atlantic Shell Com- 
pany harmless in the event of law suit, but directed that At- 
lantic Shell Company proceed under their permit and in 
the event of a law suit that Counsel for the Trustees assist 
counsel for Atlantic Shell Company in the defense; the 
Trustees not to be liable for any costs in such suits, other 
than expenses of their counsel and other employees. 



Financial Statement for the month of October, 1930, was 
presented and ordered placed of record : 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOE OCTOBER, 1930 

Balance in Fund October 1. 1930 $ 70,539.16 

Receipts on account of oil leases . 1,797.80 

From sale of sand, shell and gravel 910.06 

From land sales under Ch. 9131, 
Acts of 1923, and Ch. 10024, 
Acts of 1925 1,604.69 

Receipts on aeeount of various 
land sales 360.47 

From oil lease on account of tax 

payment 51.35 

From sale of Minutes 8.85 

From various refunds 6.17 

From Union Indemnity Company, 
in settlement of claim of Trus- 
tees 275.00 

Receipts on account of land leases 300.00 

Interest on deposits for quarter 
ending 9-30-30 296.48 



$ 76,150.03 
Less Disbursements 11,132.53 



Balance on hand November 1, 1930 $ 65,017.50 



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RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1,000.00 

Balances in banks 64.017.50 



$ 65,017.50 

BALANCES IN BANKS NOVEMBER 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Pla ..$ 1,391.97 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 1,888.59 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 39.303,62 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 4,715.03 

First National Bank, Miami, Fla. 1,959.58 

Capital Citv Bank, Tallahassee. 

Fla 9,599.81 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 486.84 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla. 4,455.51 

Central Farmers Tr. Co., West 

Palm Beach, Fla 216.55 



$ 64.017.50 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1930 No. In Favor of— Amount 

Oct. 15 8281 Southern Telephone & Constr. Co.$ 4.25 

8282 Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. .81 

8283 Western Union Telegraph Co .33 

8284 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C 1.55 

.8285 H. & W. B. Drew Company .... 4.13 

8286 Hattie Bell 33.53 

21 8287 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C 162.75 

31 8288 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

8289 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

8290 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

S291 F. E. Bavless 233.34 

8292 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8293 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8294 Jentye Dedge 75.00 



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Date Check 

1930 No. In Favor of Amount 

Oct. 31 8295 Mrs. Berta W. Bohler $ 52.69 

8296 L. M. Ausley 175.00 

8297 Everglades Drainage District 895.16 

8298 Everglades Drainage District 8,226.49 



$11,132.53 
8300 Central Farmers Trust Co. (trans- 
fer of funds; not a disbursement) 600.00 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned, 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee. Florida. 
November 14, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the Capitol Building. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The following bill was approved and ordered paid: 

E. B. Leatherman, Clerk, Dade Co., Miami Fla. 
Redemption Naranja Drainage District taxes 
on State lands $ 708.81 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 



ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
November 18, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 



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Present : 



Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

W. E. Sexton, C. D. S. Clarkson, of Vero Beach, and 
P. L. Hemmings of Fort Pierce, came before the Trustees 
relative to application of their client Frederick S. Ruth 
of New York, to purchase submerged lands in Indian 
River, with an offer of $25.00 per acre. 

The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date, 
subject to objections, Tract 24, Section 19, Township 
32 South, Range 40 East; Tract 25 in Sections 19 and, 30, 
Township 32 South, Range 40 East; Tract 26 in Section 
12. Township 32 South, Range 39 East ; and Tract 27 in 
Section 2, Township 32 South, Range 39 East, the Chair- 
man called for objections. 

Mr. Elliot presented telegram from Martin F. Kelly of 
"Woodside, N. Y., protesting the sale of Tract 24 on the 
ground that it would be illegal and a violation of his rights 
to accretions between the meander line and water course. 

Upon a discussion of the objection Mr. Sexton with- 
drew application of Mr. Ruth for lands adjacent to Lot 5 
owned by Mr. Kelly. Mr. Davis then suggested that the 
Trustees take action on the remainder of the land contained 
in the advertisement, and made motion that sale be made 
to Mr. Ruth of the land in Indian River advertised to be 
sold on this date with the exception of the portion adjacent 
to Lot 5 owned by Mr. Kelly. Seconded by Mr. Knott and 
upon vote adopted. 



Pursuant to Minutes of the Trustees of August 26, 1930, 
in reference to lots 6 and 7, Section 35, Township 31 South, 
Range 39 East, it was agreed that Mr. Ruth would make a 
deposit to cover one-fourth of the estimated amount due 
on Lots 6 and 7, and that upon receipt of patent from the 
United States to the State of Florida, the Trustees would 
issue deed to Mr, Ruth for said Lots 6 and 7 under the 
same terms and conditions, as to notes and mortgage, as 
apply to the sale of Tracts 24, 25 and 26. 

The estimated area of Lots 6 and 7 is 40 acres each, upon 
which one-fourth payment amounting to FIVE HUN- 



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DRED DOLLARS ($500.00) was made by Mr. Ruth and 
is herein acknowledged. 

In the event the State does not receive patent to the 
said Lots 6 and 7, the $500,00 deposit by Mr. Ruth on 
account of purchase price is to be refunded him by the 
Trustees. 



In reference to Tract 27 in Section 2, Township 32 South, 
Range 39 East, by reason of no accurate survey having been 
made of said Tract, the Trustees agree to accept one-fourth 
of the purchase price upon the estimated area of 55 acres 
and upon completion of survey to deed to Mr. Ruth upon 
usual terms said tract 27. Cost of survey to be borne by 
the purchaser. In consideration of which Mr. Ruth made a 
deposit of one-fourth of the estimated purchase price in 
the amount of THREE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR 
DOLLARS ($344.00). receipt of which sum is herein ac- 
knowledged. Any departure from the estimated area of 
55 acres and the total amount due thereon to be accounted 
for in subsequent payments after survey is completed. 

Mr. Ruth also made a deposit of Eighteen Hundred 
Thirty-two Dollars ($1,832.00), being one-fourth of the 
purchase price of Tracts 24, 25 and 26, receipt of which 
sum is herein acknowledged. 

All the foregoing Lots and Tracts being shown on a 
Plat entitled "MAP OF INDIAN RIVER AND AD- 
JACENT LANDS" in Townships 31 and 32 South, 
Ranges 39 and 40 East, prepared under the direction of 
C. D. S. Clarkson by Carter and Damerow Inc., dated May 
1930, on file in the office of the Commissioner of Agricul- 
ture. 



Submerged land in Biscayne Bay, advertised for sale 
on October 28th, and postponed until November 18th, was 
again postponed until November 25th, on account of illness 
in the family of the applicant. 



The Land Department presented letter from B. H. Harris 
of Breckenridge, Texas, with an offer of $15.00 per acre 
for 40 acres of land in the NE14 of NW% of Section 13, 
Township 40 South, Range 26 East, in Charlotte County, 
making cash payment of $300.00; balance to be paid in 
three years. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees accepted 



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the offer of Mr. Harris of $15.00 per acre for the above 
described land upon payment of $300.00 and balance in 
one, two and three years equal annual payments with six 
per cent interest on deferred payments. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson, Land Agent, presented letter from 
J. A. Banks of the Atlantic Shell Company of Jacksonville, 
requesting the Trustees to include in one lease the territory 
in the St. Johns River contained in lease dated October, 
1927, which expired October 18th this year, and also the 
territory contained in lease from the Trustees dated May 
6, 1930. This request to also apply to Standard Dredging 
Company as to leases of same dates held by them. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to issue a new lease to each of the said companies on the 
territory referred to, to take the place of the above described 
leases. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

The Southern Telephone & Constr. Co., Tallahas- 
see, Fla $ 4.25 

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.. . 9.96 

Fidelity Pencil Company, New York City 3.96 

Seabrook Hardware Co., Tallahassee, Fla 12,00 

The Tallahassee Office Supplv Co., Tallahassee, 

Fla 44.60 

A. R Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla 289.26 

The Miami Herald, Miami, Fla 9.00 

Vero Beach Press- Journal, Vero Beach, Fla 11.25 

Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C, West Palm Beach, Fla.. . 45.57 

M. C. Mcintosh, Tallahassee, Fla 8.15 



$438.00 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

OOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, November 24, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 



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Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of November 12th, 14th and 18th 
were presented and approved. 



Mr. Charles R. Pierce of Miami requested the Trustees 
to release the oil and mineral rights to Peninsula Terminal 
Company on approximately 200 aeres of land in Township 
54 South, Range 42 East, Dade County, advising that all 
payments had been made on the land. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to release the oil and mineral rights to Peninsula Terminal 
Company at a price of 50 cents per acre, upon Mr. Pierce 
furnishing description of the land and abstract of title. 



Mr. Marvin C. Mcintosh, Counsel, stated that papers for- 
warded him by Mr. G. E. Mabry, relative to adjustment of 
Entry No. 17447. had been examined by him and that he 
had filed with the Commissioner of Agriculture his report 
on the matter: , 

Upon consideration the Trustees directed that foreclosure 
proceedings be brought by Mabry, Reaves & White in behalf 
of the Trustees looking to an adjustment in conformity to 
minutes under date of November 12, 1930. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 
F. C. Elliot, Chief Drainage Engineer and Sec- 
retary $ 325.00 

A. R. Richardson, Land Agent 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bavless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

L. M. Ausley, Extra Help 175.00 

A. C. Bridges, Accountant 80,00 

Jentye Dedge, Assistant Secret nry 75.00 

Mrs. Bertha W. Bohler, Stenographer 83.33 

Robert Wynn, Janitor 35.00 

W. V. Knott, State Treasurer, Tallahassee, Fla. 

(Taxes) 18,700.39 

\V. V. Knott, State Treasurer, Tallahassee, Fla. 

(Taxes) 27.01 



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W. V. Knott, State Treasurer, Tallahassee, Fla. 

(Taxes) , $ 10,921.53 

W. V. Knott, State Treasurer, Tallahassee, Fia. 

(Taxes) 1,463.13 

W. V. Knott, State Treasurer, Tallahassee, Fla, 

(Taxes) 75,224.28 

$108,205.51 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 
ATTEST : 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 

Tallahassee, Florida, November 25, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date, 
subject to objections only, certain land in Lake Worth, 
Palm Beach County, upon application of the Lake Worth 
Inlet Commission, objections were called for. No objec- 
tions being filed or presented, the Trustees consummated 
sale to Lake Worth Inlet Commission of Tract A in Section 
34, Township 42 South, Range 43 East, and Tract C. in 
Section 15. Township 43 South, Range 43 East, at a price 
of Ten Dollars ($10.00) per acre, and Tract B in Section 
34, Township 42 South, Range 43 East, at a price of One 
Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) per acre. Deeds were 
ordered issued to the above land subject to the conditions 
imposed by the Trustees in reference to each tract. 



Wideman & Wideman of West Palm Beach, having on 
October 21, 1930, made application to purchase 18.47 acres 
of submerged land in Section 3, Township 44 South, Range 
43 East, for a client, Mrs, Frances P. Bolton, offering 
$100.00 per acre for same, the Trustees agreed that they 



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would advertise the land for objections and consider the 
Bale on November 25th. 

Upon discussion of the small acreage of upland owned by 
Mrs, Bolton, the Trustees deferred action to some future 
date. 



The Trustees having advertised for sale on this date, sub- 
ject to objections, 51 acres of submerged land in Biscayne 
Bay, Dade County, situated in the S^ of Section 9, Town- 
ship 53 South, Range 42 East, objections were called for. 
No objections being presented or filed, the Trustees agreed 
to sell the above described land to Dr. Joseph H. Adams of 
Miami, at a price of $50.00 per acre eash j the land to be 
used for the purpose of constructing thereon a solarium or 
heliorium. It was ordered that deed be issued to Dr. 
Adams. 



The Trustees - having on September 16th, 1930, agreed to 
issue permit to Dr. Joseph H. Adams for filling in land in 
Biscayne Bay purchased from the Trustees, directed that 
the said permit be issued, but not exclusive as requested by 
Dr. Adams. 



Mr. Francis S. Whitten of Miami made application to 
purchase Islands 2 and 3 in Lake Worth, approximating 5 
acres, with an offer of $1,000.00 per acre upon condition 
that the Trustees will agree to quit-claim adjoining bay bot- 
toms of approximately 21 acres to him if and when the 
United States Government agrees to allow him to fill, and 
offering $100.00 per acre for the bay bottoms. 

After discussion the Trustees agreed to advertise the two 
islands for objections, but declined to accept any price at 
this time, the price to be agreed upon on date of sale. 



Mr. A. K. Richardson, Land Agent, was requested to 
make investigation and report to the Trustees on the 18.47 
acres of submerged land applied for by Wideman & Wide- 
man, and also Islands 2 and 3, applied for by Mr. Whitten. 



Mr. Francis S. Whitten made application for oil lease on 
approximately 20,000 acres of land in the vicinity of Cedar 
Key offering One Cent { le ) per acre taxes for the lease. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant oil lease to Mr. "Whitten on the above land at the 



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rate of One Cent per acre taxes, and lease was ordered pre- 
pared for execution. 



Sir. Francis S. Whitten requested the Trustees to make 
a change in lease granted him in the vicinity of Key West, 
which will allow him to drill the well required in the lease 
on land other than the leased premises, but within three 
miles of same, in which said well the Trustees will have the 
usual one-eighth royalty ; also requested that the lease carry 
a clause to the effect that he will be given an opportunity 
to bid on any lands south of the lands described in said 
lease at a price equal to that offered by any other party for 
an oil lease on same. 

Sir. Whitten stated that he desired the request as above 
to apply to his Dade County lease, as to drilling first well 
within three miles of leased premises, and also as to oppor- 
tunity to bid on Biscayne Bay bottoms at the same price 
any other party would offer for leasing same. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant requests of Mr. Whitten as to the two above men- 
tioned leases. The leases were ordered changed to carry 
above provisions. 



The Land Department reported that Lot 7 of Section 1, 
Township 39 South, Range 18 East, Sarasota County, had 
been selected by Mr. Hampton as school land and by Mr. 
Sutton for the State as swamp land ; that hearing was held 
and the Government decided in favor of the school selec- 
tion; that Mr. Sutton is requesting the Trustees to make 
appeal from the decision in favor of the school selection. 

The Trustees directed that in view of the fact that time 
within which to make appeal has expired that no further 
action be taken. 



W. C. Hodges and C. L. Waller of Tallahassee, represent- 
ing R. M. Jones, came before the Trustees relative to matter 
submitted October 14th and asked that action be taken. 

The Trustees not having had an opportunity to give con- 
sideration to the subject, Mr. Davis moved that counsel for 
the Trustees and Mr. Bayless of the Land Department make 
investigation and submit report to the Trustees as soon as 
possible as to the present status of the transaction and the 
status at the time of sale to the original purchaser. It was 



525 

tentatively agreed that the matter be taken up two weeks 
from this date. 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
G overnor — Chai rman. 
ATTEST: 
F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, December 2, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Minutes of the Trustees of November 24th and 25tb, 
1930, were presented and approved. 



Mr. Elliot presented request from H. R. Murray for 
release of canal right-of-way reservation in Trustee Deed 
No. 5755 dated November 4, 1930, and recorded November 
10, 1930, in Deed Book 1410, page 14, records of Dade 
County. 

The Trustees directed that original Deed No. 5755 be 
cancelled and that correction deed bearing the same number 
and date be issued to H. R. Murray, omitting the reserva- 
tion for canal right-of-way; the land deeded being only a 
fraction of an acre, the canal reservation would not be 
necessary. 



Mr. Elliot presented form of notice for advertising cer- 
tificated lands held by the Trustees, which form he advised 
had been approved by Counsel for the Trustees. 

It was ordered that the form recommended by the Sec- 
retary and approved by Counsel be used in advertising 
lands held by the Trustees for non-payment of Everglades 
Drainage District taxes. 



Mr. Elliot reported that Mr. Walter P. Fuller, repre- 
senting Gulf Tidewater Oil Company, had made application 
for an oil lease on Lake Butler at the regular tax rate of 5 



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cents per acre per annum, and agreed not to drill a well 
in the lake, a royalty of one-sixteenth to be assigned to the 
Trustees in any well drilled on land owned by the Company 
around the lake. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant the lease, provided Tidewater Gulf Oil Company 
would assign the usual one-eighth royalty in any well 
drilled on adjacent land owned by the Company and the 
payment of the usual tax rate. The Secretary was re- 
quested to so advise Mr. Fuller. 



Mr. Elliot presented report from Mr. M. C, Mcintosh, 
Counsel, relative to matter presented October 14th, by 
Messrs. Hodges and Waller in behalf of K. M. Jones. 

The Trustees ordered that the report be held until Decem- 
ber 9th, the date set for consideration of this matter. 



Mr. Elliot presented request from Mr. Vernon Price- 
Williams for extension of time for payment of taxes due 
on oil lease until January 1, 1931, a similar extension having 
been previously granted on six other leases held by him. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to grant extension of the above payment to January 1, 1931. 



Mr. Bobert G. Holgate requested extension of time in 
payment of taxes due on two oil leases issued to him by the 
Trustees. 

The Trustees agreed to grant an extension to January 1, 
1931, to Mr. Holgate. 



Mr. Elliot reported that note of the Trustees to Chase 
National Bank of New Vork City, in the sum of $300,000.00, 
would be due December 28th, 1930, together with six 
months' interest thereon. 

The Governor suggested that as the General Eevenue 
Fund is due the Trustees a $50,000.00 payment as reim- 
bursement for State buildings, that such amount be made 
available and applied on the note to Chase National Bank, 
plus interest. Mr. Mayo moved that the suggestion of the 
Governor be carried out. Seconded and upon vote adopted. 

Mr. Elliot was requested to notify Chase National Bank 
that the Trustees would make payment as above on their 
note. 



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Mr. Elliot was authorized to credit note of the Board of 
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District dated June 
7, 1930, in the amount of $101,166.67, plus interest to No- 
vember 1, 1930, with Everglades Drainage District taxes 
due by the Trustees, and file the cancelled note with the 
Board. 



The Land Department presented telegram from A. R. 
Richardson, Land Agent, relative to land applied for by 
Francis S. Whitten on November 25th. 

The Trustees directed that the advertisement of said land 
be held in abeyance until return of Mr. Richardson. 



The Land Department advised that Lakeport settlers 
had a request to be presented. The matter was ordered held 
over for a full membership to be present. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid : 

W. H. Mav, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla $67.44 

W. L. Stanlev, S. A. L. Railway Co., Atlanta, Ga.. . 11.30 



$78.74 



Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 

Governor — Chairman. 



ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida, December 9, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Doyle E. Carlton, Governor. 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The Minutes of the Trustees of December 2nd presented 
and approved. 



The Attorney General having rendered an opinion as to 
the status of the Trustees and of the Drainage Board in 



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connection with tax certificated lands held by the Trustees, 
it was ordered that the employees in the Secretary's office 
handling the tax work should be transferred to the pay-roll 
of the Trustees and at the end of each month the Drainage 
Board render a statement of expense for work done in 
the interest of the said Board. 



Mr. Elliot presented list of certificated lands held by the 
Trustees, which list is selected for advertisement, and re- 
quested instructions as to newspapers in which advertise- 
ments should appear. 

The Trustees selected the following newspapers to pub- 
lish the lists: 

BROWARD COUNTY: Ft. Lauderdale News, legal 
notice; Pompano News, additional notice. 

DADE COUNTY: Miami Daily News, legal notice; 
Miami Herald, additional notice; Miami Past, additional 
notice. 

GLADES COUNTY: Glades County Democrat, legal 
notiee. 

HENDRY COUNTY : Hendry County News, legal notiee ; 
Clewiston News, additional notice. 

HIGHLANDS COUNTY : Highlands County Pilot, legal 
notice; Scenic Highlands Sun, additional notiee. 

MARTIN COUNTY: Stuart Daily News, legal notice. 

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY: Okeechobee News, legal 
notice. 

PALM BEACH COUNTY: Palm Beach Post, legal 
notice ; Palm Beach Times, additional notice ; Everglades 
News, additional notice; Lake Worth Herald, additional 
notice ; Lake Worth Leader, additional notice ; Delray 
Beach News, additional notice. 



Upon motion seconded and adopted, the regular meeting 
day of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund was 
changed to Wednesday of each week, instead of Tuesday 
as heretofore. 



Mr. Elliot presented request from Miami Florida Oil 
"Company for extension in time, for payment of taxes on 
oil lease, to January 1st, 1931. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees agreed 
to extend the time of payment to January 1st, 1931. 



Pursuant to Minutes of November 25th, Mr. Mcintosh, 
Counsel, submitted report on application of W. C. Hodges 
and C. L. Waller for adjustment on purchase of land by 
R. M. Jones. 

The Trustees agreed to meet at three o'clock P. M. to 
consider the request of Messrs. Hodges and Waller, and 
the meeting was recessed until that time. 

"Three o 'Clock, P. M. 
The Trustees met pursuant to recessed meeting of the 
morning with all members present. 

The Trustees met for the purpose of hearing W. C. 
Hodges and C. L. Waller relative to adjustment on pur- 
chase of land by B. M. Jones. 

Mr. Waller related the history of the purchase from the 
time of sale in 1925 to Frank J. Kelly, to the present time 
basing the request for adjustment on the following grounds : 
That a lis pendens covered 320 acres of the land in ques- 
tion; that taxes were outstanding from 1913 to 1930; 
and that applicant paid to the State approximately $95.- 
000.00. Mr. Waller stated that Mr. Jones represents the 
original syndicate and is asking that the Trustees refund 
a portion of the cash payment and allow him to use the 
balanee as a credit in taking up mortgages on lands sold 
to various persons by the Trustees and which are past due. 
Mr. Hodges called attention to the fact that this land 
was sold during the boom at very high prices— much more 
than the land would ever be worth — and that owing to 
the Us pendens, back taxes and suits against the land, 
the purchasers were unable to make sale during the time 
when they might have made money on the land; that 
they are not asking for refund of the entire amount paid 
but will accept a partial refund and allow the balance to 
remain with the Trustees as a credit ; that they do not 
ask for adjustment on the entire purchase but base their 
request on the 320 acre tract covered by the lis pendens: 
also that they will pay up all the old taxes on the land, 
amounting to around $9,000.00 out of the money refunded 
by the State. Mr. Hodges stated that in his opinion the 
attorneys for his clients would not have approved title or 
considered the title perfect so long as the lis pendens re- 
mained in force- 
Mr. Waller stated that they would agree to put title 
to the land back in the State which would be satisfactory 
to the Attorney General and Counsel. 



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The Trustees were advised that the lis pendens on the 
320 acres was dismissed nine months after purchase by 
Mr. Kelly and that there is no evidence to show that the 
purchaser actually had an opportunity to sell the property 
during the pendency of the lis pendens. 

After discussion the Trustees requested Mr, Hodges 
and Mr. Waller to confer with their clients and ascertain 
what would be acceptable as a refund on the 320 acre 
tract, which represents approximately $54,000.00. 



The following bill was approved and ordered paid : 
E. B. Leatberman, C. C. C., Miami, Pla., Drain- 
age Taxes State lands.— ' 29*30. .- $ 2,685.41 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 



DOYLE E. CARLTON, 
Governor — Chairman. 



ATTEST: 

P. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
December 16, 1930. 
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

The Trustees advertised for sale on this date, upon 
application of F. C. B. LeGro, an eight foot strip of land 
surrounding and adjoining Rivo Alto Island and Dilido 
Island in Biscayne Bay, owned by Mr. LeGro. No ob- 
jections being presented or filed with the Trustees, the 
said strip of land was sold to Mr. LeGro at a price of 
$10.00 plus cost of advertising. Deeds were ordered 
issued to the above land. 



The Land Department presented letter from Mr. Francis 
S. Whitten in which he agreed to dismiss suit against 
Hunter's Island, in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, upon 
condition that the Trustees return the cash payment of 
$4,437.50. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 



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rected that the above deposit, being held as a cash item, be 
returned to Mr. Whitten in consideration of the above 
mentioned suit being dismissed. 



The Land Department presented letter from W. C. 
Poster Company stating that they held tax certificate in 
the amount of $129.43 on Lots 7, 8 and 11 of Section 25, 
Township 43 South, Range 36 East — 43 acres, and would 
make application for tax deed in 15 days if not redeemed. 
Mr. Bay less reported that this land was sold to W. L. 
Houchins in 1922, a mortgage in the sum of $3,882.00 
being held by the Trustees, and that the office had been 
unable to get in touch with Houchins for the past several 
years. 

"Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 
rected that the above certificate be purchased from W. 
C. Foster Company and request made that the Certificate 
be assigned to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement 
Fund. 

The Trustees directed that the mortgage held on the 
Houchins land be foreclosed as early as possible. 



Mr. A. R. Richardson presented letter from George E. 
Tedder relative to rental of Trustees land in Palm Beach 
County being farmed by him and requesting that he be 
shown some consideration as the land has not been dry 
enough to plant for sometime, and also the fact that his 
connection with the experiment Station has enabled him 
to furnish valuable information to farmers in his section. 

It was ordered that the matter be referred to Mr. Rich- 
ardson to handle. 



The Trustees were advised that H. H. Hart, purchaser 
of land in Palm Beach County, had not paid interest. 
principal or any taxes on his land since 1922, but is rent- 
ing the land out at a price of $10.00 per acre. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees di- 
rected that the matter be referred to Mr. Richardson to 
take the necessary steps. 



The following bills were approved and ordered paid: 

V. E. Douglas, C. C. C, Kissimmee, Fla $ 313.80 

South Hastings Drainage District, Palatka, Fla. 39.24 
E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C, Miami, Fla 621.03 



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Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla..$ 1.64 
Postal Telegraph-Cable Co., Tallahassee, Fla. . . 1.37 
Southern Telephone & Construction Co., Tallahas- 
see, Fla 7.60 

Miles Warren, C. C. C, Vero Beach, Fla 5.50 

Tropical Sun Publishing Co., West Palm Beach, 

Fla 22.75 

W. C. Foster Company, Chicago, III 129.43 

The Lake Worth Leader, Lake Worth, Fla 17.55 

The Union Labor News, West Palm Beach, Fla. , . 17.50 

Pentland, Robertson & Heuser, Jacksonville, Fla. 350.00 

A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee. Fla 273.72 



$1,671.70 
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Aeting Chairman. 
ATTEST : 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. December 17, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on 
this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

Present : 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Fred H. Davis, Attorney General. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

The following resolution was presented and adopted: 

RESOLUTION 

BE IT RESOLVED, That future notices or advertise- 
ments placed in newspapers be given to such newspapers as 
agree to charge not more than the legal rate of $1.00 per 
inch for the first insertion, and fifty cents per inch for each 
subsequent insertion, in single column, nonpareil type ; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That upon submission 
of notices or advertisements to any newspaper for publica- 
tion that a copy of this resolution also be forwarded. 



With reference to the sale of certain lands in Section 25, 
Township 43 South, Range 36 East, and the settlement of 



533 

ejectment suit against J. B. Hainey covering a part of these 
lands, the following letter was presented from E. M. Baynes, 
Attorney, of West Palm Beach, representing the said Mr. 
Hainey : 

"West Palm Beach, Florida. 
December 15, 1930. 

Honorable Marvin C. Mcintosh, 
Counsel — Trustees I. & I. Fund, 
Tallahassee, Florida. 

In Re :Doyle E. Carlton, et aL, vs. J. B. Hainey. 
Dear Mr. Mcintosh : 

This will acknowledge your favor of December 
13th enclosing notice of trial of the above stated 
case. 

After writing you a few days ago I had the 
pleasure of seeing Mr. Richardson with reference 
to the settlement of this case and the purchase by 
Mr. Hainey of the 24 acres of land. It seems that 
the trouble lies in the fact that there was an objec- 
tion made by Mr. Wallis, but we have ironed ont 
this objection at this time and Mr. Wallis is willing 
to withdraw his objection to Mr. Hainey obtaining 
the 24 acres. At the same time Mr. Hainey is will- 
ing to take the north 24 acres and Mr. Wallis the 
balance of it. 

We have thoroughly agreed upon that proposi- 
tion and Mr. Wallis has very kindly consented to 
withdraw any and all objections to the purchase 
by Mr, Hainey or the 24 acres. Mr. Wallis is writ- 
ing you a letter to this effect by today's mail. 

Mr. Richardson left with me a check for Mr. 
Hainey, same being the amount he had plaeed with 
the 1. 1. Board for the purchase of the 24 acres and 
I am returning this check to you. With the under- 
standing existing between Mr. Hainey and Mr. 
Wallis this leaves nothing in this ease for us to 
fight over and we can get it settled as early as pos- 
sible. 

However, I am filing your notice of trial as you 
requested and we can announce to the Court at the 
time the case is called that the matter is settled. 

Would thank you to advise me when you would 
like for the Raulerson case to be set for trial. I 
am wondering if we could not enter into some 



534 

agreement in the Raulerson case for the purchase 
of the land and should think we would be able to 
get this at a very reasonable price. Please advise 
me about the Raulerson matter, and if the Board 
will make Mr, Raulerson a reasonable price. There 
is no adjoining land on this tract and we should 
have no trouble in closing this matter. 

Yours very truly, 
EMB:S E. M. BAYNBS." 

and the following letter from W, T. Wallis, Jr., of West 
Palm Beach: 

"Danara Building, 

West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Box 1862. 

December 15th, 1930. 

Trustees Internal Improvement Fund, 

State of Florida, 
Tallahassee, Florida. 
Gentlemen : 

Under date of May 9th, 1930, the undersigned 
objected to the sale of 24 acres within the projected 
limits of Section 25, Township 43 S., Rge. 36 E., 
as advertised in the Everglades News to be held on 
May 27th, for OBJECTIONS ONLY, stating that 
the therein described area of 24 acres was within 
the limits, of a 55 acre tract for which an offer of 
Fifty Dollars per acre had been made on June 3rd, 
1929 ; and in which connection the impression had 
been received that an opportunity would be ac- 
corded the undersigned to bid on this entire tract 
whenever it might be offered for sale. A further 
point of objection was to the sale of a portion of 
this tract, separating the remainder into two par- 
cels, each less suitable for agricultural use than if 
the remainder was in one unit. 

Recently being advised of the completed nature 
of the transaction entered into between the Trus- 
tees and Mr. Hainey for the sale of this 24 acres, 
and being particularly desirous of fully cooperat- 
ing with the Trustees, the purpose of this letter is 
to waive all objection previously made to the sale 
of 24 acres of this tract to Mr. Hainey, requesting 
only that the Trustees convey such acreage from 



535 

the Northern half of this tract and deed the re- 
maining portion to the undersigned at the price 
and under the terms of the sale so made to Mr, 
Hainey. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WT W :b W. T. W ALLIS, JR. ' ' 

was presented by Mr. Marvin C. Mcintosh, Counsel. 

After discussion of the circumstances connected with the 
sale of these lands, which are to the effect that a previous 
agreement had been made to sell 24 acres to J. B, Hainey 
at $50.00 per acre in settlement of the ejectment suit pend- 
ing against him, and which agreement was made subse- 
quent to the original offer of Mr. Wallis to purchase all of 
the 53 acres, more or less, upon motion it was decided that 
the North 24 acres of this traet be sold to the said Mr. J. B. 
Hainey at $50.00 per acre, and that the remainder of said 
53 acre tract be sold to the said Mr. W. T, Wallis, Jr., at 
the same price ; however, deeds are to carry, in addition to 
the regular reservations, a reservation amply covering any 
or all of the above lands which might be needed for, or in 
connection with, the construction of any dams, dikes, levees, 
canals, cuts, ditches, sluiceways or any other works neces- 
sary for reclamation, drainage or flood control, with ref- 
erence to Lake Okeechobee and/or the bottoms thereof, 
and/or the Everglades, and the lands in the vicinity 
thereof. Should any or all of these lands be taken for the 
purposes set forth in the reservations in the deeds convey- 
ing same, that such lands taken shall in no way affect the 
purchase price for lands conveyed or the obligation to pay 
same in full. 

Mr. Hainey shall be allowed to continue to use the lands 
now in his possession not to exceed 24 acres to and including 
June 30, 1931, provided deed to the North 24 acres with 
reservations is accepted by him not later than January 1, 
1931, and also provided that deed to the remainder is 
accepted by Mr. Wallis at the same time. Should deeds be 
accepted by Mr. Hainey and Mr. Wallis, as set forth above, 
the lands which are not within the 24 acres in possession 
of the said Mr. Hainey shall remain in possession of the 
Trustees until June 30, 1931, and the revenues received 
therefrom shall be retained by the Trustees, and the lessees 
thereon shall not be disturbed bv the said J. B. Hainey or 
the said W. T. Wallis, Jr., before July 1, 1931. 



536 

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned. 

ERNEST AMOS, 
Comptroller — Acting Chairman. 
ATTEST: 

F. C. Elliot. Secretary. 



Tallahassee, Florida. 
December 22, 1930. 

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met 
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol. 

■ Present: 

Ernest Amos, Comptroller. 

W. V. Knott, Treasurer. 

Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Mr. Elliot presented letter from Trea dwell & Tread- 
well, Attorneys of Arcadia, relative to reconveyance of 
a portion of the land in Entries No. 16840 to 16852, inclu- 
sive, which matter was submitted to the Trustees by Mr. 
Harley Watson October 21, 1930. Tread well and Tread- 
well request that the Trustees agree to sign stipulation 
and be made parties to a foreclosure suit, this being neces- 
sary to clear the title to the land. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees agreed 
to the above and directed that Mr. Mcintosh, Counsel for 
the Trustees, handle the matter. 



The Land Department presented letter from J. P. Con- 
rad of Southern Drainage District, requesting that the 
Trustees pay 1929 taxes on land supposed to be within the 
boundaries of Southern Drainage District. 

Upon motion, seconded and adopted, the Trustees agreed 
to pay the 1929 taxes upon condition that penalties and 
costs be remitted, without prejudice to any rights they 
might have in the premises. 



The Land Department submitted offer from Robert 
G. Whitney of Tampa, of $8.75 an acre for Ny 2 of NE% 
of Section 4, Township 32 South, Range 20 East, Manatee 
County. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the offer was de- 
clined and the Land Department requested to ask Mr. 
Whitney to make a better offer for the land. 



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The Land Department presented letter from W. B. 
Leatherman, requesting that the Trustees cancel his note 
in the sum of $1,368.40; all other payments having been 
made. 

Upon motion seconded and adopted the Trustees directed 
the Land Office to advise Mr. Leatherman that they could 
not cancel the above note, but that he make an effort to 
pay the same. 

Financial Statement for the month of November present- 
ed and approved. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR NOVEMBER 1930 

Balance in fund November 1, 1930.$ 65,017.50 
From land sales under Cb. 9131, 

Acts of 1923 and Ch. 10024, 

Acts of 1925 628.24 

From sale of Minutes .50 

Receipts on account of leases of 

lands 45.00 

From sale of sand, shell and gravel 596.02 
Receipts on account of oil leases . 1.32 

Receipts on account of various 

land sales 1,890.12 

$ 68,178.70 
Less Disbursements 3,165.98 

Balance on hand December 1, 1930 $ 65,012.72 

RECAPITULATION 

Cash and cash items $ 1.000.00 

Balances in Banks 64,012.72 

$ 65,012.72 

BALANCES IN BANKS DECEMBER 1, 1930 

Atlantic National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla ....$ 1,391.97 

Barnett National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 1,888.59 

Florida National Bank, Jackson- 
ville, Fla 37,616.34 

American National Bank, Pensa- 

cola, Fla 4,715.03 



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First National Bank. Miami, Fla. 1,959.58 
Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla 11,432.31 

The Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, 

Fla. 486.84 

Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee. 

Fla 4,455.51 

Central Farmers Tr. Co., West 

Palm Beach. Fla 66.55 



$ 64,012.72 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Date Check 

1930 No. In favor of : Amount 
Nov. 3, 8299 Pentland, Robertson & Heuser.$ 150.00 
14, 8301 E. B. Leatherman, C. C. C. . . 708.81 
18, 8302 Southern Telephone & Con- 
struction Co 4.25 

8303 Western Union Telegraph Co. 9.96 

8304 Fidelity Pencil Co 3.96 

8305 Seabrook Hardware Co 12.00 

8306 Tallahassee Office Supply Co. 44.60 

8307 A. R. Richardson 289.26 

8308 The Miami Herald 9.00 

8309 Vero Beach Press-Journal . . . 11.25 

8310 Fred E. Fenno, C. C. C 45.57 

8311 M. C. Mcintosh 8.15 

30, 8312 F. C. Elliot 325.00 

8313 A. R. Richardson 333.34 

8314 M. C. Mcintosh 229.16 

8315 F. E. Bayless 233.34 

8316 C. B. Gwynn 300.00 

8317 L. M. Ausley 175.00 

8318 A. C. Bridges 80.00 

8319 Jentye Dedge 75.00 

8320 Mrs. Bertha W. Bohler 83.33 

8321 Robert Wvnn 35.00 



$ 3,165.98 



DR. 
NOTE. — -From Everglades Drainage Commissioners, 
$106,336.34 account payment of 1930 taxes, credited by 
Trustees in payment of $101,166.67 note and interest, raak- 



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ing $103,628.39 owed them by Drainage Board ; balance 
$2,707.95 credited by Trustees as payment on $300,000.00 
Drainage Board Note. 

Cross Entrv made by Trustees* Check No. 
8322 $ 106,336.34 

CK. 

Cheek No. 8322 $ 106,336.34 

Cross Entry representing payment of 1930 taxes by 
Trustees and settlement of $101,666.67 note and interest, 
making $103,628.39, owed them by Drainage Board ; bal- 
ance $2,707.95, credited by Trustees as payment on $300,- 
000.00 Drainage Board Note. 

The following bills were approved and ordered paid. 

F. C. Elliot, Secretary $ 325.00 

A. R. Richardson, Field Agent 333.34 

M. C. Mcintosh, Counsel 229.16 

F. E. Bayless, Land Clerk 233.34 

C. B. Gwynn, Chief Land Clerk 300.00 

L. M. Ausley, Extra Help 175.00 

A. C. Bridge